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Amazon asked its customers what they think about TV news. Here’s the survey.

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Why do you think Jeff Bezos wants to know about that?

Amazon will fetch you books, groceries and home security systems.

What about news?

Perhaps Amazon is trying to answer that question. It has commissioned a survey that queries customers about their news consumption habits — specifically, the way they watch TV news.

Amazon recently hired research firm Qualtrics to ask Amazon users how they “experience the news.” A helpful reader sent us screenshots of the survey; we’ll post a selection below.

No comment from Amazon PR. But it’s worth noting that a couple of the questions have to do with customers’ use the company’s Fire TV video hardware, so it’s possible that it’s related to the people who work in that group. Also noted: Like any video platform, Fire TV already supports plenty of news apps. One last note: Amazon spent time trying to build a pay TV service, then backed away from the idea.

And the requisite caveat: Amazon asking customers about something does not equal Amazon doing something. It’s reasonable to assume that Amazon conducts many surveys about many products and services, and in most cases they lead to… not that much.

Still! Aren’t you glad you can get a tiny peek into Amazon’s head, and learn about what they’re interested in learning about? Me, too.

First, Amazon wanted to make sure that survey respondents didn’t work for one of its big competitors. Note who’s on this particular list — Comcast and Verizon, along with some Very Big Tech Companies — and who’s not, including Facebook and Netflix.

Amazon also wanted to make sure that bloggers or “news-casters” weren’t weighing in on this, either.

On to the show: Amazon wanted to know how often users watched the news. That’s “watch,” not “read” or “listen to.

Another newswatching question:

What kind of news — local, national or international — do you care about?

Let’s drill down a bit:

And now, a question about “news sources”: Note that this one mixes TV networks with newspapers with websites with social media (just like everyone else does).

Here are a couple more clues that whoever paid for this survey is spending time thinking about the way you think about Fire TV:

And one last: Another question about the way you think about news, framed in ways that you probably don’t (may not?) think about news.

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Survey says these are the Top 2 reasons Americans still pay for cable TV

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Soon these reasons will hold less water.

Traditional TV viewership is in decline as people cut the cord and opt for cheaper streaming services like Netflix and Hulu instead. But what about the 90 million U.S. subscribers who still pay around $ 100 a month for traditional pay TV?

Unsurprisingly, the main reason for keeping pay TV is the ability to watch live broadcasts, with 71 percent of TV subscribers noting that as a Top 3 reason to keep pay TV, according to a new survey by Deloitte. Less obvious is that a majority of Americans are holding on to their pay TV subscriptions because it’s bundled with their internet subscription. Some 56 percent consider the bundle a major reason to keep their TV subscription, partly because it makes the overall price seem like a better deal.

Cable and satellite companies often include TV, internet and telephone for a single reduced price. For many, the cost they’d have to pay for internet alone doesn’t seem much less than they would pay for all three services individually, so the perceived value can seem tempting. In turn, the cable companies are able to eke out higher overall monthly fees by throwing in those “extras.”

Interestingly, 70 percent of pay TV subscribers also say they are paying too much for their subscriptions. Couple that statistic with the proliferation of lower-cost “skinny bundles” and broadband options, and the two main reasons for keeping traditional TV — live TV and the internet bundle value — seem less substantial. If you could get live TV for less, why wouldn’t you?

Other reasons for retaining pay TV include DVR, and because people “have had it for so long and don’t want to change.”

Deloitte’s survey was conducted online during November 2017 among 2,088 consumers. It’s weighted to be representative of U.S. consumers.


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Apple tanks in new reputation survey, drops from 5th to 29th

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Apple reputation survey

Through thick and thin, Apple has maintained a good standing with customers for years, but based on the results of a recent survey, the most profitable company in the world’s reputation may be slipping. On Tuesday, Reuters noted that Apple dropped from 5th place all the way down to 29th in the most recent edition of the annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient poll. Apple ranked as highly as second place just two years ago, making this a precipitous fall.

As Reuters explained, the poll has been conducted every year since 1999, and this year surveyed over 25,000 adults from December 11th to January 12th on the reputations of the “most visible” companies in the world.

Apple wasn’t the only major tech brand to take a spill, either. Google, which ranked 8th in 2017, dropped all the way to 28th, just one spot above Apple. John Gerzema, CEO of the Harris Poll, told Reuters that the most likely reason for the collapse was because neither are introducing groundbreaking devices at the rate they used to.

“Google and Apple, at this moment, are sort of in valleys,” Gerzema said to Reuters. “We’re not quite to self-driving cars yet. We’re not yet seeing all the things in artificial intelligence they’re going to do.”

But while Apple and Google floundered, other tech giants have managed to improve their reputations or hold steady near the top of the chart. Amazon, for example, is once again on top after taking the crown four of the previous five years. Tesla jumped up from the nine spot all the way to number three as well (thanks in no small part to all of the rocket launches), while even Facebook managed to climb out of the gutter to a respectable 51st.

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Survey finds 20 percent of adults already own smart speakers

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