Re: TV Subscriptions
Anything with ANY boradcast TV (Sky, BT, Virgin) needs a TV licence in UK. Subscription or FTA based is irrelevant.
I expect UK will follow Ireland (Previously TV licence was OWNING a receiver). It's just a tax. They will extend to watching ANY kind of video, like Ireland (for any screen above a certain size).
If it's subscription only, I don't watch it. Subscriptions cost you every month even if you don't watch, and Sky is certainly more expensive than TV licence (which you need also, in either country). Over 90% of what people with a cable or satellite subscription watch, is actually Free to Air!
Expect Netflex to double or triple in price in UK & Ireland when they reach saturation (Pay TV, is 82% in Ireland, not as high in UK).
Netflix is crazy, as though it''s not broadcast, but VOD, there is no long tail and even comparatively recent stuff is retired. It's because VOD scales badly compared to broadcast, they have to install servers all over the place on ISPs they partner with to reduce the backhaul traffic, or else it wouldn't work.