Die, TBN, Die
I have been asking for unbundled cable/sat tv for ages. Where I am currently living, I would have to subscribe to all three levels of packages to get the 5-7 channels that I would watch. Like other here, I would get the nerd package including Discovery, TLC, NatGeo, Science, History, BBC and perhaps a couple of others. I would much rather have 4 channels of BBC offerings than 12 channels of ESPN. I don't care for sport.
I understand the business model of packaging, but there can be other models that can support individual choice. Many lesser watched channels and networks may have to close if this happens. I hardily support the Darwinian selection process for TV. As I "believe" in Darwin more than a supreme being, I am not interested in having a couple of dozen religious channels that I have to edit out every time there is a lineup reorg. The age old saying of "500 channels and nothing on" is still relevant after a the few decades since it was coined.
I worked for a specialty magazine that folded after a couple of years as its subject matter wasn't broad enough to bring in a large enough subscription base. The prices that can be charged for advertising is tied to the number of subscribers and a magazine needs to make at least a certain amount of money every month or it can't survive even with the leanest staffing. Sucked for me as I really enjoyed the work. After the magazine ceased publication there was some talk about an online version that could be produced for less since they wouldn't need premises and some of the staff involved with preparing a printed edition, but that fell through since ad rates for online ads are even less than printed ads.
The above story may be what happens to some of the specialty channels that can't draw a big enough audience. A few might be able to change to an online format and many others will die. Why should there be welfare for TV shows?
Disclaimer: I don't subscribe to any TV service anymore.