Cable hates competition more than anything…

Competition means having to try. And that sounds like work.

…Time Warner Cable and other cable and satellite distributors, which are trying to make it difficult — if not impossible — for Intel to go through with its plan. The distributors are using a variety of methods to pressure the owners of cable channels, with whom they have lucrative long-term contracts, not to sign contracts with upstarts like Intel, that way preserving the status quo.

Has any other institution, short of colonization, been able to more successfully combine bad user experience, bad product, bad customer service and old technology into such a profitable business?