Yeah, I sort of agree with you on the direction this is all going. But for most traditional cable TV subscribers, the main sticking points with going with an OTT streaming cable service like YouTube TV or DirecTV Now would be: 1. Does it have all the channels I really want? 2. Because I won't be getting a bundle discount for TV + broadband from the same company, will I end up paying as much or more in total? 3. Will I end up exceeding my broadband data cap since I'll be streaming everything I watch? 4. Can I get used to watching all my TV through an app on a streaming device as opposed to a regular cable box (or TiVo) with its full-featured remote? 5. Will the cloud DVR experience on the OTT service (amount of storage, length of storage, ability to FF through ads, trick play performance) be as good as on my cable DVR (or TiVo), or at least be "good enough"? If those points don't apply to you (or you can mentally get past them), then yes, there are definitely things about going the OTT route that make it better. Mainly the fact that your entire TV experience -- live channels, DVR, VOD -- are all available to you on just about any device you want to use, wherever (in the US) you want to use it, as long as you're connected to the internet. And, as you say, they tend to simplify DVR management somewhat. YouTube TV *really* does so -- just "like" a show and all future recordings of it are automatically recorded and added to your library. What I expect will happen as traditional cable/telco pay TV providers move toward a cloud-based IPTV system is that their services will become more and more like the OTT services. With Xfinity TV, you can already get a lot of the same experience through the Xfinity Stream app on your phone when away from home as you get on an X1 box on your TV. I think some live channels are still unavailable out-of-home but that will eventually change. Meanwhile, because it's a service offered by the cable company, none of the concerns above apply. It's going to be very interesting to see what AT&T does with DirecTV Now this year. I think they're going to morph it into a dual-purpose service so that, for those customers who also have AT&T Internet/Fiber home broadband, none of those 5 concerns above will apply. But unlike Xfinity TV, the service won't JUST be sold to folks with an AT&T line running to their house. It will also be a nationwide OTT service available to anyone with any internet connection, like YouTube TV.