Seriously, how can mere advertisement sustain so many expensive TV shows?
Um, Australia and the UK had free to air commercial television channels for a very long time that do not rely on any of the things you just mentioned.
My point was that for decades, there was an enormous television industry sustained almost entirely on advertising revenue. It's not hard to believe that Google and other internet services could survive for a long time on advertising revenue.
Does it have to be cable or satellite? What about terrestrial broadcasters (which is how, historically, almost all Australian TV is broadcast)? I've never paid for cable or satellite, and there's no license fee in Aus (and IIRC the license fee in the UK goes to the BBC. There are other channels producing content).
Why are ISPs interested in usage activities- is it to determine what drives network traffic and to make sure no copyright infringement or piracy is being committed?
that information by itself has value.
What do you have in mind here? How do you make money with that information other than using it to try to sell people stuff?
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