Jab, it may seem crazy to just "watch stuff when it shows up on netflix or Hulu, who cares if it is behind". But try to imagine the situation were reversed. You have instant access to pretty much everything and you get this sales pitch:
"For only $80 a month (plus tax and service fee), we'll give you one hundred endless streams of garbage, but interspersed you'll get to watch a few of your shows before everyone else!"
"Uh, $80 seems like a lot, but ok tell me the details."
"Well, these select TV programs will come on at a specific time and date, and you have to watch then or record it."
"Really, so I can watch Game of Thrones before everyone else? That sounds pretty good!"
"Well not that show, that one costs an extra $25 a month. But most shows, give me a name."
"Ok I like Linus Tech Tips on youtube".
"No not that one either. I mean give me a name of a real show."
"Ok ok, Arrested Development".
"No not that one, it came out a long time ago. Lets say you want to watch NHL live."
"You mean like on CBC.ca?"
"Ok not NHL either. Think of Big Brother. Or Big Bang Theory. Or uh, Survivor. These shows you get to watch earlier than everyone else".
"Ok that sounds ok, but I have to watch it at exactly the given time and date? Like, uh, what if I'm having dinner?"
"Oh, most of our customers time their dinner to be completely done before their show comes on. And they time getting home from work before dinner, and time going to work so it's 9 hours before home time, and time their social lives and kids lives to not miss our programs. But we also offer recorders, for convenience, see?"
"Ok what is this thing called a recorder? What if I forget to record it?"
"Oh its another device, that'll be $400. You have to set it to record your shows. But, it will let you store at least thirty of your favorite shows."
Thirty huh. And how much is this again?
"I said, $80 a month, but taxes and fees are extra, and you can pay more for HBO, oh, and you can rent the recorder or buy it. And, yes, we also offer 5% discounts if you bundle your telephone line in too for an extra $38 per month!"