LRG 050516 Pay-TV Release - Leichtman Research Group

LRG 050516 Pay-TV Release - Leichtman Research Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAJOR PAY-TV PROVIDERS ADDED ABOUT 10,000 SUBSCRIBERS IN 1Q 2016
Gains from DirecTV and Cable Were Offset by Significant Losses from AT&T U-verse
Durham, NH – May 17, 2016 – Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that the
thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 95% of the market –
added about 10,000 net video subscribers in 1Q 2016, compared to a gain of about
170,000 subscribers in 1Q 2015.
The top pay-TV providers account for 94.2 million subscribers – with the top nine cable
companies having 49.1 million video subscribers, satellite TV companies having 34.0
million subscribers (including about 665,000 from DISH’s Internet-delivered Sling TV), and
the top telephone companies having 11.1 million subscribers.
Other key findings for the quarter include:

The top nine cable companies added about 50,000 video subscribers in 1Q 2016 –
compared to a loss of about 65,000 subscribers in 1Q 2015
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
Top cable MSOs had not reported net gains in a first quarter since 2008
Satellite TV providers added 305,000 subscribers in 1Q 2016 (including gains from
Sling TV) – compared to a gain of 95,000 in 1Q 2015
o
Not including gains from Sling TV, DBS providers added about 175,000
subscribers in 1Q 2016 – compared to a loss of 74,000 in 1Q 2015
o
DirecTV’s net adds of 328,000 in 1Q 2016 were more than in any quarter
since 1Q 2009

The top phone providers lost 344,000 video subscribers in 1Q 2016 – compared to
a gain of 140,000 subscribers in 1Q 2015
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AT&T U-verse’s 380,000 net losses in 1Q 2016 were the most losses
ever in a quarter by any provider
“While DirecTV and top cable providers had a comparatively strong quarter in 1Q 2016,
their gains were largely offset by a historically weak quarter for AT&T U-verse,” said Bruce
Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. “Overall,
the traditionally strong first quarter for the pay-TV industry was tepid this year. Despite
slight gains in the quarter, net adds in 1Q 2016 were down by about 160,000 from a year
ago.”
Pay-TV Providers
Cable Companies
Subscribers at the end of 1Q 2016
Net Adds in 1Q 2016
Comcast
22,400,000
53,000
Time Warner Cable
11,056,000
21,000
Charter
4,445,000
15,000
Cablevision
2,579,000
(15,000)
Suddenlink
1,085,000
(8,000)
Mediacom
853,000
(2,000)
Cable ONE
350,576
(13,574)
Other major private companies*
Total Top Cable
Satellite TV Companies (DBS)
DirecTV
DISH^
Total DBS
Phone Companies
6,345,000
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49,113,576
50,426
20,112,000
328,000
13,874,000
(23,000)
33,986,000
305,000
Verizon FiOS
5,863,000
36,000
AT&T U-verse
5,260,000
(380,000)
11,123,000
94,222,576
(344,000)
11,426
Total Top Phone
Total Top Pay-TV Providers
Sources: The Companies and Leichtman Research Group, Inc.
* Includes LRG estimates for Cox and Bright House Networks
^ DISH totals and net adds in 1Q 2016 include its Internet-delivered Sling TV service (which began in 1Q 2015)
Net additions reflect pro forma results from system sales and acquisitions, and reporting adjustments
Company subscriber counts may not solely represent residential households
Top pay-TV providers represent approximately 95% of all subscribers
Top cable companies do not include overbuilder WOW with 537,200 subscribers
Note that LRG consumer research finds that about 1% of households subscribe to both cable and DBS
About Leichtman Research Group, Inc.
Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) specializes in research and analysis on the
broadband, media and entertainment industries. LRG combines ongoing consumer
research studies with industry tracking and analysis, to provide companies with a richer
understanding of current market conditions, and the adoption and impact of new
products and services. For more information about LRG, please call (603) 397-5400 or
visit www.LeichtmanResearch.com.
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