At the present rate, we will all be paying $50/month for all these streaming services just to get the content we need.
Which is still 4 times less than what the cable companies want, while providing more than the cable companies.
We can't have the entire enchilada all at once, but Netflix and Amazon prime are a HUGE step in the right direction (with Netflix being superior, as it doesn't offer just a few episodes of a show before hitting you up to buy subsequent one). Not to mention, I signed up for Amazon Prime to save on shipping. Finding out I could stream shows was an unexpected bonus.
I find myself unable to identify with much of anything you said in your posting (except for ala carte choices). My main objections to cable TV were the HUGE cost and massive commercial intrusions. Netflix solves both of those problems, while also providing commercial-free ala carte viewing that Hollywood refuses to provide.
To put it bluntly, fuck Hollywood. That troll needed to die years ago, and I hope Netflix is the one to push it into the sunlight.