Price enters into the equation as well. When you subscribe to HBO, you make a far more expensive commitment than when you urinate $8 per month away for Netflix. Most of us spend more than that at Starbucks over two to three days.

But beyond tangible arguments, let's consider the "intangible quality of the brand." Whatever the hell that means.

It took HBO decades to build its brand. Remember, it didn't even become a 24-hour network until the end of 1981. For nine years, it was on-the-air for nine hours a day. Do I need to list the number of original programs -- many wildly successful -- HBO has aired over the years?

I don't. But I will. We all love nostalgia. By offering some, I hope to bring a smile to a few faces during a time of national mourning and anxiety.

Not Necessarily The News. 1st & Ten. Tales From The Crypt. Def Comedy Jam. Arliss. Oz. Sex And The City. The Sopranos. Six Feet Under. The Wire.

Do I really need to go on? Have I proved my point?

Netflix absolutely cannot hold HBO's jockstrap.

-- Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.
Rocco Pendola is TheStreet's Director of Social Media. Pendola's daily contributions to TheStreet frequently appear on CNBC and at various top online properties, such as Forbes.

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