According to an ACSI consumer survey, reported by Todd Spangler, “…customers of streaming-video companies like Netflix and Hulu are far happier with their service overall than subscribers of traditional cable, satellite and other pay TV operators…”
According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, a research organization that maintains widely recognized benchmarks in multiple industries, this year, for the first time, the ACSI measured video-streaming services, which debuted with an average score of 75 out of 100, that crushed the U.S. pay-TV average of 62, notes Spangler.
“Indeed, says the report, pay TV continues its dubious distinction as one of the most-hated industries among American consumers: The sector’s average score of 62 is tied with U.S. internet service providers for the lowest customer satisfaction of all 46 industries tracked by the ACSI.”
“By nearly every measure,customers of streaming providers say they’re more satisfied than those of traditional pay-TV services. “Video streaming services significantly outperformed subscription TV,” David VanAmburg, ACSI’s managing director, said in announcing the findings.
“For one thing,” says the report, “cable TV has been around for decades, and has a longer history of angering customers with continual rate hikes and subpar customer service. In addition, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and other services are cheaper and simpler to use than cable or satellite TV offerings, and they don’t have the hidden fees typically associated with cable and telecom services,” VanAmburg said.
Among video-streaming services, says the report, Netflix, Sony PlayStation Vue, and Amazon-owned Twitch were the leaders of the pack on ASCI’s survey, tying with a score of 78. Apple iTunes and Microsoft Store tied with 77, and Google’s YouTube Red notched a score of 76, followed by Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, and Google Play with 75.
Other streaming services ACSI measured were
Even in last place in the category, Sony Crackle rated higher than nearly all subscription-TV services, concludes the report.
Pay-TV providers turned in considerably lower scores. Near the bottom of the pack:
One caveat in comparing Netflix and others with Comcast is that ACSI uses different weighted metrics for the various industry segments, says the report. But one area that jumps out is call-center satisfaction: Among pay-TV providers, that score dropped 3% this year to an average of 63, considerably below the 75 average for video-streaming providers.
Meanwhile, customer satisfaction for ISPs dropped 3% in 2018, to an average of 62. One of the chief reasons, according to the ACSI: More than half of Americans have only one choice for high-speed broadband, says the report. Scores for every major ISP deteriorated this year except Comcast’s Xfinity Internet, which remained unchanged at 60.
The ACSI’s 2018 Telecommunications Report is based on 45,292 customer surveys collected between April 19, 2017 and March 17, 2018. The full report can be accessed at this link. Here are the ACSI rankings for video-streaming and subscription-TV providers:
Sony PlayStation Vue
Amazon Prime Video
CBS All Access
Satisfaction Index, May 2018
AT&T U-verse TV
Altice USA Optimum
Altice USA Suddenlink
Source: American Customer Satisfaction
Index, May, 2018
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