Yeah, I agree with these arguments.
My family discovered The 100 (which I'm quite shocked that Showcase or Space didn't pick up, because it gets surprisingly good later on) via Netflix, and we determined that it was a better value to just keep a Netflix subscription going rather than buy a superstation package to watch it "live". Would you agree that ad-free, video-on-demand movies and TV series are a better value than America's fifth-largest TV network and Chicago Cubs/White Sox baseball?
In some cases, having digital rights to a program can be more valuable than rights to air it linear and in simulcast. As an example, look at Empire. In the U.S., it's a ratings juggernaut, and Shomi said that it was one of their most popular shows. When it aired on City, it flopped. Due to its extremely specific focus on U.S. hip-hop music, from an international standpoint, Empire is essentially a "niche" program that more than likely would have been picked up by a cable channel (If MuchMusic still cared about music-related programs, it would have fit them like a glove) if SVOD wasn't as ubiquitous. But now there's options.
I think that this type of environment may actually encourage the production of more Canadian content. With more U.S. programs being picked up in Canada exclusively for SVOD rather than simsubs, there's more room on the schedule for original programming. Then, you can sell them to or co-produce them with a SVOD service (see Between, which is a co-production of City and Netflix, and Discovery Channel's Frontier) or another broadcaster (see Orphan Black, Space and BBC America) for international distribution.
Last edited by Viper550; 2016-06-02 at 02:52 PM.