Does A La Carte Always Make Sense?
In the last few months, a number of blogs have written about "a la carte" consumption of content as a cost-savings measure. In these tough economic times, managing your entertainment and information budget is certainly a good idea. But much of the discussion I've seen fails to note that this approach isn't going to work for everyone. For example, in early June the I Will Teach You To Be Rich blog argued in favor of cutting down on unneeded subscriptions: "Instead of paying for a ton of channels you never watch on cable, buy only the episodes you watch for $1.99 each off iTunes." (Also see the discussion of this tactic on Lifehacker.) You also often see people talking about how little cable television they watch.
- The Short Bus: "After all, I only watch about 5 or 6 channels - none of them are a major network."
- jetdawgg at Leatherneck.com forum: "Frankly, the only Time-Warner channel I REALLY want is Turner Classic Movies. Maybe a couple others."