Netflix may start streaming other premium channels, including HBO. The service is asking users if they would pay an extra $10 a month for instant access to HBO content, according to Hacking Netflix. Netflix already streams Starz content at no extra charge.
ARS Technica sums up my reaction with a graphic suggesting Netflix + HBO = Hearts.
Yes! I'd pay $10. I like the subscription model for entertainment. But don't like having to pay $50 or $60 for a cable or satellite plan that includes a premium channel like HBO.
The Internet threatens to deliver the ultimate in a la carte choice. It can let us choose what we want -- channel by channel. That's something cable operators have resisted, saying it would bring them economic ruin.