Thanks for taking the time to share your insights Reel, I appreciate it!
To your point on the distribution, I agree that the cold hard rules of business come more into play. The artist in this scenario needs to decide what matters the most: the artistic integrity of the project, the 'acclaim' - or making money. If it's the former, then the distribution shouldn't matter. If it's the latter then they should understand the distributor's position.
In an ideal world, there shouldn't be a trade-off but unfortunately, there is because making movies is a popular business.
There is a fine line when it comes to streaming in regards to their relationship with the artist. That's why I called out Spotify - they truly do take advantage of the art without any real support of its creator. Their a host whilst also being a parasite.
But I think Netflix is a much more liberal and agreeable partner platform to work with. From everything I've heard, they greenlight a lot of projects and afford directors a lot of creative freedom. They're much more accessible and transparent than the traditional Hollywood elite so I'd call them a net positive.
In a perfect world, we'd have a well-funded and widely accessible font of artistic resources. Unfortunately, supply far outstrips demand here - such is art.