Pay-TV gains subs in Q1

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 12 May 2015

The top ten pay-TV services in the United States collectively gained 54,800 digital television subscribers in the first quarter of 2015.

According to the informitv Multiscreen Index, the combined subscriber counts show an improvement on the loss of 232,100 over the previous three quarters. In fact, six of the top ten services reported a net increase in subscribers in the first three months of 2015.

Verizon made the greatest gains, adding 90,000 FiOS video customers, with AT&T adding 49,000 U-verse video subscribers.

On the satellite front, DirecTV added 60,000 subscribers, while DISH Network lost 134,000.

No 1 cable MSO Comcast lost 8,000 television customers, removing a small gain from the previous quarter. But Time Warner Cable added 30,000 television subscribers, ending a long run of consecutive quarterly customer losses. Charter and Cablevision lost 7,000 and 28,000 television customers respectively but Mediacom and Suddenlink reported marginal subscriber gains.

Between them, the top ten services account for 87.72 million homes in the United States an increase of 1.32 million over three years.

"Some operators have sustained heavy subscriber losses over the last year, but there are signs that the decline may be slowing," said William Cooper, editor of the informitv Multiscreen Index. "The telcos are continuing to gain customers and the total number of subscribers for these ten services has risen as a result."