Not all people are cut out for being paid by merit and that is why there are unions and trustfunds for those people to hang around and get paid to do the bare minimum.
There fixed that for ya...
Cable companies pay big chunks of money to cable networks (USA, MTV, FX) to carry their programming. Comcast and its ilk are none too happy when these networks then turn around and put said content on the Internet for free.
Maybe That is the part that needs to change.. the cable channels are already making a fortune with advertisments, why should Comcast have to pay for the channels at all. When cable TV first appeared in 1976 in Westfield,MA there were no advertisements on many of the channels. Your monthly subscription paid for the content. That was the argument made to my Dad when told he would have to start paying for TV. No commercials! Sure.
Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.