I just think they are losing a lot of revenue from people like myself who don't mind waiting to save a lot of money - if they didn't release their content elsewhere, it would force me to subscribe.
On the other hand 1) how much are they making from licensing content and selling DVDs to people who would never subscribe anyway? And 2) how many people do they lure in to subscribing by giving them a taste of their Netflix Originals that way?
It's not difficult to see where this is headed. Netflix $14 + Crave $20 + Amazon Prime $8 + PBS Passport $6 + Britbox (BBC+ITV) $8 + CBC $6 + CBS $6 / Hulu $10-$16 + AMC Premiere $6 + TCM Filmstruck $8 + FXNow $6 + Disney $? +++
People like to cite this kind of thing as an example of how cord cutting doesn't actually save money, but it's a bit of a fallacy. First of all, how many people actually want all
of the services? Most people pick a few that interest them and don't bother with the rest.
Secondly, even if you do want all the services, do you want them all at the same time? With most of these services you can add and drop them on a monthly basis and mix and match depending on what you want to watch. And of course that's not even accounting for the password sharing that a great many people use to share costs on these services.
If you're the edge case who watches a ton of TV every week and needs all the channels then streaming services aren't going to be great for you. But there's fantastic news: a cable subscription is going to be an excellent deal for you! For everyone else, these services may be a better option.
They are still missing out on live news, live sports, the weather, local community programming, local affairs, local multicultural programming affairs, etc. specific targeted content that people want like renovation shows, home improvement, multicultural, local sports, etc. when this happens call me.
Netflix is betting on a younger generation who get live news and weather through the internet, and has no interest in watching it on TV. Most sports are moving to streaming services themselves. I don't know if Netflix has any home renovation shows (I've never looked, but I know they have cooking shows) but if not there are other services that do. They do have multicultural programming, but I don't know what you mean specifically there. I'm deeply concerned about local programming of all kinds, but that's not Netflix's business model.
But it sounds like you like what you get through your cable package. If you're hoping that Netflix can replace everything that you get through your cable package for $15/month, then I think you're misunderstanding what Netflix is.