In light of the recent cable vs. channel fights, Peter Kafka from AllThingsD posted a chart with wholesale channel prices: What Cable Subscribers Pay for Channels They Don't Watch.
Obviously these are wholesale prices, not retail. But this gives you a very good idea of where the money goes–to a lot of channels you likely never, ever, look at.
You’ll find this particularly upsetting if you don’t watch sports. Because sports channels account for about 40 percent of cable fees.
And you’ll also be upset once you realize that the broadcast networks–GE’s NBC, News Corp.’s Fox, Disney’s ABC and CBS–are going to get added to this list over the next year or so. Even though anyone who doesn’t pay for cable gets them for free.
After looking at the chart I really wonder why Netflix doesn't offer a TV (Discovery, Disney, FoodTV, CNN, History, etc.) subscription service -- they're about the size of Time Warner and close to half the size of Comcast. If the cable companies won't offer a la carte pricing, I'm wondering who will?