In the US: cable down, IPTV up

vintage_tv-setIPTV providers Verizon and AT&T have gained subscribers, but the total number of pay-TV subscribers is down, according to the Leichtman Research Group.

The thirteen largest multi-channel video providers in the US, representing about 94% of the market, lost about 105,000 net video subscribers in 2013. Annual net multi-channel video additions in 2013 were about 280,000 fewer than in 2012, when the industry added about 175,000 subscribers.

The top multi-channel video providers account for over 94.6 million subscribers, with the top nine cable companies having 49.6 million video subscribers, satellite TV companies having 34.3 million subscribers, and top telephone companies having 10.7 million subscribers.

Other key findings include:t he top nine cable companies lost about 1,735,000 video subscribers in 2013, compared to a loss of about 1,410,000 subscribers in 2012.

The top telephone providers added 1,460,000 video subscribers in 2013, compared to 1,298,000 net additions in 2012 and satellite TV providers added 170,000 video subscribers in 2013, compared to 288,000 net additions in 2012.

“2013 was the first year for multi-channel video industry losses, but the modest losses represent only about 0.1% of all subscribers,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group.

“While the overall market remains fairly flat, further share-shifting has taken place. Cable providers now have a 52% share of the top multi-channel video subscribers in the US, compared to a 58% share three years ago.”

Multi-Channel Video Provider

Subscribers at End of 2013

Net Adds in 2013

Cable Companies

 

 

Comcast

21,690,000

(305,000)

Time Warner

11,393,000

(825,000)

Charter

4,342,000

(121,000)

Cablevision

2,813,000

(80,000)

Suddenlink

1,177,400

(33,800)

Mediacom

945,000

(55,000)

Cable ONE

538,894

(54,721)

Other Major Private Cable Companies*

6,675,000

(260,000)

Total Top Cable

49,574,294

(1,734,521)

 

 

 

Satellite TV Companies (DBS)

 

 

DirecTV

20,253,000

169,000

DISH

14,057,000

1,000

Total Top DBS

34,310,000

170,000

 

 

 

Telephone Companies

 

 

AT&T U-verse

5,460,000

924,000

Verizon FiOS

5,262,000

536,000

Total Top Telephone Companies

10,722,000

1,460,000

 

 

 

Total Multi-Channel Video

94,606,294

(104,521)