Leading US pay-TV providers lose 212,000 subscribers in first quarter of 2018 | Pay-TV | News | Rapid TV News
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The latest informitv Multiscreen Index has shown that tough times continue for the US pay-TV market with the leading ten TV service providers losing over 200,000 subscribers between them in the first quarter of 2018.

multiscreenindex 14mayThe top 10 services for the United States in the Multiscreen Index have just over 84 million television customers between them, accounting for over 70% of television homes. The survey found that among the providers there were 373,000 fewer satellite subscribers and 245,000 fewer cable television customers. By contrast, online television services DIRECTV NOW and Sling TV gained a total of 427,000 customers, resulting in an overall loss of 0.25% of the subscriber base across the top 10 services.

Looking at platforms, for satellite DIRECTV lost 188,000 subscribers, although AT&T U-verse ended a run of television customer losses. The company did offset the losses by DIRECTV NOW adding 336,000 online subscribers, taking its total to 1.42 million, giving AT&T an overall net gain of 149,000, with 25.32 million subscribers across its services in the United States. DISH Network lost 185,000 satellite television subscribers, taking its total down to 10.85 million, but added 91,000 Sling TV customers. It now has 2.30 million online television customers, making it the eighth largest television service in the country, just behind Optimum cable.

And examining cable, Comcast lost 93,000 television subscribers, marking its fourth consecutive quarterly custom loss, down 310,000 year on year, taking its total to 21.21 million.Charter Spectrum lost 122,000 television subscribers, down 314,000 year on year, to a total of 16.42 million. Altice USA shed 23,000 Optimum television customers and 7,000 Suddenlink subscribers, with a collective loss of nearly 125,000 year on year, for a combined total of 3.38 million television customers. In the fibre world, Verizon FiOS continued what informitv said was a slow leak of television customers, losing 22,000, down 84,000 year on year, to give it a total of 4.60 million.

“The DIRECTV NOW and Sling TV online services are continuing to gain customers at the expense of traditional television platforms,” observed Multiscreen Index editor William Cooper. “We now include them as distinct services in our index and they are now among the top 10 in the United States, above some of the smaller cable services.”