Journal Article

COMPETITION BETWEEN CABLE TELEVISION AND DIRECT BROADCAST SATELLITE: THE IMPORTANCE OF SWITCHING COSTS AND REGIONAL SPORTS NETWORKS

Andrew Stewart Wise and Kiran Duwadi

in Journal of Competition Law & Economics

Volume 1, issue 4, pages 679-705
Published in print December 2005 | ISSN: 1744-6414
Published online December 2005 | e-ISSN: 1744-6422 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/joclec/nhi020
COMPETITION BETWEEN CABLE TELEVISION AND DIRECT BROADCAST SATELLITE: THE IMPORTANCE OF SWITCHING COSTS AND REGIONAL SPORTS NETWORKS

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We use aggregate firm-level price data and other related demographic variables to examine the cost of switching between cable television and direct broadcast satellite (DBS). We find that switching costs appear to affect consumers' desire to switch from one service to another. We then use observation-specific dummy variables that stratify cable price to examine whether consumer behavior varies depending on the size of price change. We find that, when quality-adjusted prices for basic cable services increase substantially, subscribers will switch from cable to DBS, presumably at the point at which the price change is larger than the cost of switching. However, we find some evidence that DBS penetration is suppressed in areas where cable operators offer regional sports channels.

Journal Article.  11234 words. 

Subjects: Competition Law ; Economics

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