Production values as program quality signals in Spanish linear TV: A comparison of two periods
Keywords: 
Production values
Quality perception
New media
Entertainment programs
Television
Issue Date: 
1-Apr-2022
ISSN: 
0214-0039
Citation: 
Kimber, D. (David); Guerrero-Perez, E. (Enrique). "Production values as program quality signals in Spanish linear TV: A comparison of two periods". Communication & Society. 35 (2), 2022-04-01, 107 - 120
Abstract
Technology disruption, digitalization and media convergence have triggered a profound crisis in the television industry. In this context, quality is an essential strategic element for success, especially when consumers have learned through their experience with VOD, becoming more demanding and less loyal customers. Then, has the importance of quality signals changed with the emergence of new online alternatives? And the quality perception among viewers? Our research explores four production values (the host, content, the set, and technical quality) as TV program quality signals and their effect on the quality perception of entertainment programs of Spanish broadcasters. We compare two years: 2012 and 2016, a period during which the Spanish television market changed due to appearance of OTT services. Using t-tests and regression models, we establish that the importance of quality signals varied over this period, with content proving more important and the set less so in 2016 as compared with 2012. Additionally, in 2016, the results show that the quality perception of linear TV entertainment programs depended more on subjective elements such as liking and satisfaction than on objective elements, as it was in 2012. Finally, our findings are discussed, and some managerial implications and future research are suggested.

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