Duh? Survey Says: Residential Customers Not Happy With the Cost of TV Service

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October 6th, 2010

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J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Satisfaction With Cost of Service Declines Considerably Among Television Service Customers

AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS Rank Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Television Service Providers

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Oct. 6 -- Residential television service customers are notably less satisfied with the cost of service, compared with 2009, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 U.S. Residential Television Service Satisfaction Study(SM) released today.

Customer satisfaction with the cost of television service averages 541 on a 1,000-point scale in 2010, down 14 points from 555 in 2009. Customers of traditional cable providers are particularly dissatisfied with their cost of service. Satisfaction with fairness of prices paid among cable customers is 22 percent lower than among customers of telephone company providers (such as AT&T and Verizon) and 18 percent lower than among customers of satellite providers (such as DIRECTV and DISH).

"Despite this decline in satisfaction with cost of service, DVR adoption rates and video-on-demand access have experienced healthy gains," said Frank Perazzini, director of telecommunications at J.D. Power and Associates. "It's apparent, however, that TV providers must better communicate their price-value proposition, as customers are increasingly voicing irritation with the amount of their monthly bill. Seventy-four percent of customers who say they definitely or probably will change TV providers in the next year cite price as a major reason to switch."

The negative impact of the decline in cost of service scores among cable-based providers may also have affected customers' rates of recommendation regarding their television service providers. Among customers who receive programming from cable providers, 56 percent say they "definitely will" or "probably will" recommend their provider to others, a decrease of three percentage points from 2009. Seventy-seven percent of satellite-based television customers say the same—a decrease of one percentage point from 2009. In comparison, recommendation rates among customers of telephone company providers remain unchanged from 2009, averaging 84 percent in 2010.

Despite the considerable decline in satisfaction with cost of service, overall customer satisfaction with television service providers remains stable from 2009 and averages 629 in 2010—a decrease of three points from 632 in 2009.

The study measures customer satisfaction with cable, satellite and Internet protocol (IPTV) television providers in four regional segments: North CentralEastWest and South. In each segment, five factors are measured to determine overall customer satisfaction: performance and reliability; customer service; cost of service; billing; and offerings and promotions.

For a third consecutive year, AT&T U-verse ranks highest in the West (with an index score of 698) and South (732) regions. AT&T U-verse also ranks highest in the North Central region (728). In the East region, Verizon FiOS ranks highest for a third consecutive year with a score of 679.

The study also finds that the number of digital cable customers who subscribe to "basic-only" service has increased to 44 percent in 2010 from 40 percent in 2009.

"Economic issues are still major considerations for many households across the country," said Perazzini. "Customers who are foregoing premium channels are filling the void with video on demand, pay per view, movie rentals and time-shifted DVR content."

The 2010 U.S. Residential Television Service Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 28,489 U.S. households that evaluated their cable, satellite or telephone company-based provider. The study was fielded in four waves: November 2009 andJanuary 2010, April 2010 and July 2010.

East Region
(Based on a 1,000-point scale)
Provider Index score JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings
For Consumers
Verizon FiOS 679 5
DIRECTV 677 5
DISH Network 665 4
Cox 636 4
iO TV (Cablevision) 636 4
East Region Average 621 3
Time Warner Cable 609 3
RCN 590 2
Comcast 583 2
Charter 554 2
South Region
(Based on a 1,000-point scale)
Provider Index score JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings
For Consumers
AT&T U-verse 732 5
Verizon FiOS 684 4
DIRECTV 676 4
Bright House Networks 665 4
DISH Network 661 4
Insight 646 3
Cable One 643 3
South Region Average 636 3
Suddenlink 633 3
Cox 632 3
Time Warner Cable 616 3
Charter 595 2
Comcast 585 2
Mediacom 550 2
North Central Region
(Based on a 1,000-point scale)
Provider Index score JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings
For Consumers
AT&T U-verse 728 5
WOW! 724 5
Cox 687 4
Verizon FiOS 679 4
DIRECTV 670 4
Insight 656 4
DISH Network 651 4
North Central Region Average 626 3
Bright House Networks 617 3
Time Warner Cable 605 3
Comcast 593 2
Charter 577 2
Mediacom 560 2
West Region
(Based on a 1,000-point scale)
Provider Index score JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings
For Consumers
AT&T U-verse 698 5
Verizon FiOS 686 5
DIRECTV 675 4
DISH Network 661 4
Cable One 653 4
Cox 644 3
West Region Average 631 3
Time Warner Cable 605 3
Comcast 599 2
Charter 581 2
Mediacom 547 2

About J.D. Power and Associates

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, Web intelligence and customer satisfaction. The company's quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratingscar insurancehealth insurancecell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies

Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP) is a global information and education company providing knowledge, insights and analysis in the financial, education and business information sectors through leading brands including Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, Platts, and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2009 were $5.95 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.

 
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