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AT&T, Comcast, Charter and Dish Network emerge among top cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators

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MUMBAI:  AT&T (IPTV + Satellite), Comcast    (Cable), Charter (Cable), Dish Network  (Satellite), Verizon (IPTV), Cox (Cable), and Altice (Cable) have emerged as the top seven cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators in the third quarter this year.

FierceCable has tallied a look at the third-quarter earnings season, ranking the top satellite, cable, and telco pay-TV operators and studying their performance through key metrics, including average revenues per user (ARPU) and subscriber growth.

Top US Pay TV Service Provider Metrics Q3 2016 (ranking by subscribers)
Rank   Platform Subscribers (millions) Net Adds ARPU*
1 AT&T IPTV + Satellite 25.292 -3,000 $118.09
2 Comcast Cable 22.428 32,000 $148.47
3 Charter Cable 16.887 -47,000 $80.81
4 Dish Network Satellite 13.643 50,000 $89.44
5 Verizon IPTV 4.673 36,000 n/a
6 Cox Cable 4.146 3,000 n/a
7 Altice Cable 3.598 -41,000 $117.80

Source- Fierce Cable

Meanwhile, satellite, cable, and telecommunications-based subscription video services lost 430,000 customers in the third quarter, according to SNL Kagan, giving the industry a loss of 1.3 million subscribers. The research firm's count for the third quarter is lower than the 486,000 estimate given by MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett last week. UBS experts sent analysis of the overall video industry in the United States, showing losses and gains in the past few years in this space. The firm said that it estimated that the pay TV subscribers base of U.S. multichannel including Sling TV,  dropped by 0.6 per cent year over year in the third quarter, similar to the drop in both the first quarter and the second quarter.

MoffettNathanson experts said the overall subscriber declined in the pay-TV space in the last 10 years. Dish Network’s Sling TV service has affected the trend, the experts said. Experts said that Charter, Comcast, and other cable companies are scoring over telco providers such as Verizon and AT&T as also on satellite providers such as Dish Network. In the broadband internet space, UBS experts marked impressive performance of Comcast and Charter against Verizon and AT&T.

According to Firece Cable, in the third quarter, around 94,000 pay-TV customers were lost by cable operators, SNL Kagan said. This was still the sector’s best performance in 10 years.  AT&T’s decision to give priority to the growth of DirecTV generated 323,000 new subs for the platform in the third quarter, offsetting huge losses for Dish Network in satellite. In the 12-month period ending 30 September, SNL Kagan calculated that Dish Network’s Sling TV added 925,000 customers.

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