Cord Cutting Rises, Consumers Prefer A La Carte TV Model

Consumers continue to push for cable TV providers to be more a la carte — for all their entertainment/media needs.

A new study says nearly 26% of new customers want Internet-service only, with 22% asking for cable-only service, according to Marchex, a Seattle-based mobile advertising technology company, which processed anonymous data from 1.1 million consumer phone calls placed to cable providers in 2014.

Marchex says this suggests more consumers are interested in an a la carte pay TV model.

As further evidence of wanting more a la carte options, the survey revealed nearly 40% of consumers asked providers about paying for specific channels. Of those, 47% wanted premium programming: HBO, Showtime or Starz. There was also a high level of interest in sports networks. In particular, 20% asked for ESPN; 4% for Fox Sports.



Citing other research, nScreenMedia shows that 84% who have “cut the cord” are “at least somewhat happy with their decision” and 37% say they don’t want return to a traditional pay TV service.

“Our data shows that providers need to start addressing pressing consumer demands; otherwise, they risk losing real market share when people decide to cut the cord for good," stated Chen Zhao, director of analytics for the Marchex Institute.

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  1. Leonard Zachary from T___n__, December 11, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.

    CBS Les Moovnes at the UBS conference basically said what me worry? Things are fabulous with growth in retransmission fees (which is tethered to bundled payTV) and ad revenue will pick up in 2015. Digital is eating someone else's pie not CBS. How does one reconcile the disconnect with digital OTT view posted above?

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