Re: Now you need a TV license, a SKY sub, Amazon Prime, Netflix, BT, etc ad-bleedin-nauseum
Well, to be fair to "competition" - that's not the real problem here. These issues are caused by people having "exclusive rights" to broadcast things, which is pretty much the opposite of competition.
And then the same broadcasters who buy those "exclusive rights", also sell you the exclusive right to view their content by buying their subscriptions.
Remember when you could just twiddle the knob on your TV until you found a frequency level that looked like something more than random static? You didn't have to pay anyone, you didn't even have to know what the channel was or who was broadcasting it - it was out there, you could receive it. That's what "broadcasting" meant, in those happy-go-lucky days.
Doesn't work any more. That's what digitisation has done to us. Now the broadcaster can, at their own whim, arbitrarily lock you out of any content it thinks you might be persuaded to pay more for.
Technology is not good or bad, it's neutral. The people who benefit from it are the ones who position themselves to do so. And guess who plays that game better - some couch potato who spends 3 hours a day watching TV, or a sharp-suited executive who spends 12 hours a day analysing, conferencing and planning about it?