At least music is finally de-DRM'd.
I guess I'm unlike you, I prefer the Netflix model of one price, stream anything in the catalog. I'd never buy some of the stuff I've watched but I'll give it a shot with Netflix or Hulu. Tv is the worst, buying seasons is expensive.
But why can't there be a method where say "The all new Big Bang Theory, available at 9 pm est tonight!" At 9, it appears on your streaming list and you can watch it. Or if you're not home at 9, you can start at 9:30 instead, or whatever.
I guess you could buy a dvr. Or rent on from the cable company