This to me is part of the problem with cable companies and broadcasters. For years they've fought tooth and nail, through lobbying efforts in Washington, against allowing a la carte options for consumers. And they've done so successfully.
Now you have netflix, hulu, amazon prime, and hbo now that combined could provide you with most of your programming for $45 per month as opposed to the $125 I'm paying. Additionally, the networks put their programs on their respective websites for free typically 24 hours after airing them.
So, the fighting in Washington partially created the situation that we have today where traditional cable companies and networks are losing money because of the online models.
Unfortunately, I'm an avid sports watcher so I dont see being able to cut the cord but I'm sure my wife wouldnt mind.