According to a Variety article posted earlier today, Chase Carey recently said that if their lawsuit against Internet TV company, Aereo, doesn’t help the networks shut down the company, they will pull Fox from broadcast TV. According to the article, Carey says that “One such business solution would be to take the network and turn it into a subscription service.”
He goes on to say that this conversion to a pay channel would be “in collaboration with both our content partners and affiliates”. I’m sure from a business point of view, this could make sense but, from the content point of view this could be a really bad idea.
I mean, if given the choice would people really choose to add Fox to their cable bundles with the programming available on the network now when they already have Fox’s sister networks FX and the future comedy counterpart FXX offering similar quality content meant for pay cable.
I understand that the cost of broadcast television (television in general) is high and having an internet company streaming TV live would hurt the bottom line, but there must be some way to find some sort of compromise and maybe a willingness to create an additional revenue stream that way.
But, that’s just me. Just looking from a content producing point of view.