From what I can tell, the cost of production of Yo Soy Betty, la Fea, were relatively low to average in comparison to most of the telenovelas produced at the same time. Betty's set is relatively simple as most of it takes place in the offices of Ecomoda. There was nothing particularly flashy about the set, just simple office studios. Other episodes take place in Betty's house which is a simple, lower socioeconomic status house. In terms of costumes/clothes, there were some characters that wore nicer clothes but overall, everything was pretty simple.
Since the series is 17 years old, it's very easy to see the advances made in television production in that the quality is not very good in comparison to productions made today. I think there has been an overall rise in the cost of production in the telenovela world (as well as television overall). Period pieces have become more common and typically entail massive budgets. Pieces like La Esclava Blanca, El Gran Sultan de Sulieman , and A Escrava Isaura are produced incredibly well and have massive production budgets as a result. Period pieces have also become widely popular even outside of the telenovela world (Downton Abbey, Outlander etc). Ultimately, I think these trends of high quality shows with high production costs resulted in the creation of the super series by networks like Telemundo. These shows are shorter in length but typically have very high production quality and fast-paced plots. I think as consumers, we've turned towards the idea of faster, bigger, and better and networks have had to adjust their production formulas as a result. Most super series have between 60-80 episodes whereas telenovelas like Betty had 160+ episodes. I think as a society, we have shorter attention spans and get bored with longer series as a result. Similarly, I found it interesting that Telemundo, a US based network, created the super series. I think the Latino population in the US was exposed to high production television networks (HBO, ShowTime, Starz) and began to demand high quality telenovelas as a result. Like Dr. A said in class, networks are constantly tweaking their production methods in order to meet consumer demand.
I find the phenomenon of the Turkish telenovela to defy some of the trends we've seen in productions like super series. Despite high quality productions, the pace of the telenovelas are incredibly slow. This doesn't necessarily make sense in terms of faster, bigger, better but for reasons like plot, romance, chemistry between protagonists etc, audience appear to accept slower paced telenovelas.