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Measuring Consumer Preferences for Video Content Provision via Cord-Cutting Behavior

Jeffrey Prince and Shane Greenstein

No 2013-09, Working Papers from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy

Abstract: The television industry is undergoing a generational shift in structure; however, many demand-side determinants are still not well understood. We model how consumers choose video content provision among: over-the-air (OTA), paid subscription to cable or satellite, and online streaming (also known as over-the-top, or OTT). We apply our model to a U.S. dataset encompassing both the digital switchover for OTA and the emergence of OTT, along with a recession, and use it to analyze cord-cutting behavior (i.e., dropping of cable/satellite subscriptions). We find high levels of cord cutting during this time, and evidence that it became relatively more prevalent among low-income and younger households – suggesting this group responded to changes in OTA and streaming options. We find little evidence of households weighing relative content offerings/quality when choosing their means of video provision during the timespan of our data. This last finding has important ramifications for strategic interaction between content providers.

Keywords: Telecommunications; Cord-cutting; video; digital switchover; online streaming; content (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L96 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-10
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