Many times when you see a headline that says get “_____” without cable it is really a clickbait article that is a commercial for every major streaming TV package under the sun. They cost as little as 35 and as much as 70+ and include quite a bit more than just the channel or show that you were looking for in the first place. But AMC’s AMC+ is a different animal. It is sort of the AMC Networks version of FRNDLY. For $8.99 subscribers get commercial free on-demand access to content from AMC as well as Shudder, IFC and SundanceTV. So while no, this is not a service just for AMC, it is an inexpensive way to get it without packaging it with Cable and its crossover content strengthens the service instead of veering off in totally unrelated directions.
Consumers have long wanted total channel for channel choice in streaming but the truth is that they will never get it that way. Because there are few if any channels that are independently owned. But if content owners begin to market their services independently as groups of channels such as the AMC Networks bundle or a Lifetime Networks bundle or even a Disney Networks bundle with ESPN then customers will eventually be able to sign up for the one or two things they want the most if they have no need for multiple channels outside of their interests. We are on the way to a very different TV world.