One thing on favor of a cable run; There's that missing dynamic of everyone watching the same episode at the same time and talking about it the next day at the water cooler or on forum threads, like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad. With streaming, lots of people do see it, but at different times and with different episodes. A small cable run may have exposed it to more fans and casual viewers and made it feel more like a community fanbase thing, instead of a tight nit fanbase. With Discovery, I'll bet not everybody knows what's going on. So now everything is in its own little bubble. The dynamic of everyone seeing a show and talking about it the next day is pretty much eroding. When Discovery has it's series finale, it's core fans will talk about it, but how many other people will know what's going on?