Because most of the content is on cable, and a lot of the good stuff is even moving upwards to HBO. At this point, I consider TV to be the second digital package up (XF Preferred on Comcast) plus HBO, as that's where the majority of the good content is. It's very hit or miss. Some stuff is and some stuff isn't. So if you want to watch particular shows, you're going to find some that aren't online. Then you add sports and HBO, and cable is very well entrenched. Alright, my Season Passes, not including a whole bunch that aren't active right now: NOVA- available through PBS online or OTA Frontline- available through PBS online or OTA Nature- available through PBS online or OTA VICE- HBO only Silicon Valley- HBO only Real Time with Bill Maher- HBO only Cosmos- OTA, not available streaming Mythbusters- Purchase only through Amazon, iTunes, VUDU This Old House- available through PBS online or OTA Big Bang Theory- OTA or purchase through Amazon, iTunes, VUDU Daily Show- available delayed through web or purchase Colbert Report- available delayed through web or purchase Last Week Tonight- HBO only The Rachel Maddow Show- available delayed through iTunes podcast Manual: Monday Night HBO Docs- HBO only American Experience- available through PBS online or OTA Live (for this past season): UConn Mens basketball- in addition to CBS, requires cable package with ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SNY, CBS SN UConn Womens basketball- requires cable package with ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SNY, BTN, CBS SN March Madness- in addition to CBS, requires cable package with TBS, TNT, and TruTV So the breakdown is it's mostly HBO and sports, plus some shows that require a purchase or are delayed (or both). Once I move to an area that has AJAM, I will watch some of that as well. I have watched other stuff on Discovery and Animal Planet as well, although those have gone way downhill. Now add in the cost of buying some shows a la carte, take away the convenience of TiVo for shows that aren't available OTA, and add in the cost of the Comcast de-bundling fee, and you can see why cord cutting is mostly hype. I also want to get into a few other HBO shows, and I've watched some really good documentaries on HBO GO, so that's more cable tie-in right there. No matter where they are getting the feed, they are likely compressing it heavily. MPEG-4 is a lot better with motion, but it tends to get soft quickly as well if it's bitrate starved.