Yah, Texas Proud, that would be great if we all understood the pricing model the cable company (or Netflix, or Hulu+) uses. Unfortunately, like everything retail, some channels subsidize other channels, and the service company has a profit built it as well.
So, you get one layer of service with the cable company that includes 40 channels - mostly ones not too interesting, but three to five that basically are useful to you (those 5 pay for the other 35). That means you're paying $60 a month for the 5 channels that have some usefulness, and and the other 35 are free!
But if you really want some additional channels in the next tier, you have to pay the added $20 for another 50 channels, of which you only wanted three. And $30 for another 50 channels in Tier 3.
The cable company could get you an a la carte menu, but the pricing would be much different: Like
$60 for the basic channels
$10 per month for each channel in Tier 2,
$20 per month for each channel in Tier 3. Pretty soon, you're looking at:
$60 (sorry sir it's the minimum charge + the taxes don't forget those!)
$20 for the 2 channels in tier 2 you want
$40 for the 2 channels in tier 3 you want
So, $120 + taxes per month for cable a la carte
You can have it your way!
I don't know what you pay, but I pay $60 a month for basic plus tier 2 channels (and I don't care about what they have in tier 3).