Channels being phased out

In a tutorial, I read:

Channels are a way of distributing Nix software, but they are being phased out. Even though they are still used by default, it is recommended to avoid channels and <nixpkgs> by always setting NIX_PATH= to be empty.

Unfortunately, the link only discusses the concept of channels.

I would like to understand the rationale for phasing out channels and the planned replacement.

/cc @domenkozar


I plan to write the reasoning as part of

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