Hmm. David Simon says hey, wait, HBO charges for content — and it started doing so in a historical context in which people had gotten all TV for free, free, free for decades. So newspapers should get a clue and start doing the same.
But, this made me wonder: Where’s HBO News? Is it the case that HBO just considers news too far from its core area of expertise? Or is it the case that HBO ran the numbers and decided that serious news won’t attract the kind of audience they need?
Maybe it’s that the market for news is too competitive. Relatively few entities produce engrossing, high-end drama; lots and lots of entities produce news. But, then again, you extend the analogy
and it’s like, uh, yeah I would watch that.
Any other theories?