Companies listen to whoever is paying them for their products and services.
Advertising-supported entertainment companies listen to the advertisers and the people who actually watch (or put up with) the shows don't matter.
Customer-supported companies, on the other hand, listen to their customers and don't give a hang about intrusive outsiders like advertisers.
One benefit of the new arrangement is an hour-long show can BE an hour-long show. In the 1960s, an Outer Limits episode was 50 minutes long. (Guess where the other 10 minutes went.) Buffy episodes (1997-2003), OTOH, were 40 minutes long. (Same guess.)
People will pay gladly NOT to have one-third of an hour of their time being a dead waste.
The enormous benefits to the viewers are quite apparent to both Netflix and the viewers. Netflix KNOWS that shows are being watched and that "ratings" per se don't mean a damn thing. So good shows have much better odds of surviving. And they're always available on demand for whenever the viewer wants to watch them. I call that a very good deal.
Re: Re: How long does it take for a legacy industry to get the word?
I've seen what cable calls "subtitles", AKA closed-captions. I earthlight as a proofreader, and if I left text that lousy in a book, I wouldn't even be allowed near an assignment. And VOD only exists for as much space as your expensively-provided box allows, as long as you don't try to skip the commercials.
There's a simple resolution available to the state.
Attach a rider to the law that city government assets can be seized by the state government for failure to obey the law, no conviction required. The city's own arguments can then work against them, since making the citizens safe from the city can justify the seizure, just like drunk driving.
You MUST buy this is a great way to generate cord-cutting.
Back in 1992, I got a really neat offer from Comcast. I could get a five-channel package that included the then-new Sci Fi Channel. Problem was, that channel was the ONLY one that appealed to me. I forget what the other must-take-this channels were, but they didn't even make the needle on my interest-o-meter wiggle. And $30/month just to watch ONE channel?
I asked about getting just the one channel. I was told it was five channels or nothing. So I chose nothing, canceled my account, and let the cable rot. I told my wife, to hell with them. A few years ago, my wife invited Comcast to perdition for crappy programming and crappier internet.
Haven't gone back, even though I regularly get treeware spam in my mailbox. Fortunately, I have a capacious blue bin to see such trash safely off to recycling.
After 23 years, it's good to see others realizing that they don't need greedy bastards telling them what they can and can't watch.
It's generally delivered by third-party sites who take NO responsibility for the content, and sometimes that includes "drive-by malware." Ad-blocking isn't just stopping annoying ads. It's self-defense to avoid getting your machine compromised.
As a side-issue, it may not matter, since Windows 10 comes pre-compromised with Microsoft Genuine Spyware®.