Monday, January 23, 2012

Telco Video Subscribers Approaching 100 Million

Collectively, global telcos had a total of 94 million video entertainment subscribers at the end of the third quarter of 2011, giving them a 12 percent share of the video market. Given current growth rates the subscriber total will have passed 100 million at the end of 2011.

Of course, global statistics can obscure as much as they reveal. In the U.S. market, for example, neither AT&T nor Verizon competes on a national basis, and each is a relatively modest competitor. 

Comcast alone has 22.4 million subs, while DirecTV has 19.8 million. Dish Network has 13.9 million subscribers and Time Warner Cable has 12 million. 

AT&T has 3.6 million video subscribers, while Verizon Communications has about four million. Granted, Verizon ranks about seventh in size, while AT&T ranks eighth, but Comcast is about 5.5 times bigger than either AT&T or Verizon. 

That is not to discount the importance of video services for telcos, either in terms of gross revenue or as a key component of the triple play that now is a service provider mainstay. But all fixed line services collectively are unable to drive overall growth at either AT&T or Verizon. That role exclusively is played by mobile services. 

Telco Pay-TV Subscribers Approaching 100 Million

1Comcast Corporation22,360,000
3Dish Network Corporation13,945,000
4Time Warner Cable, Inc.12,109,000
5Cox Communications, Inc.14,789,000
6Charter Communications, Inc.4,371,000
7Verizon Communications, Inc.3,979,000
8AT&T, Inc.3,583,000
9Cablevision Systems Corporation3,264,000
10Bright House Networks LLC12,109,000
11Suddenlink Communications11,268,000
12Mediacom Communications Corporation1,100,000
13Insight Communications Company, Inc.670,000
14CableOne, Inc.628,000
15WideOpenWest Networks, LLC1432,000
16RCN Corp.1335,000
17Atlantic Broadband Group, LLC258,000
17Knology Holdings258,000
19Armstrong Cable Services242,000
20Service Electric Cable TV Incorporated1217,000
21Midcontinent Communications204,000
22MetroCast Cablevision182,000
23Blue Ridge Communications1171,000
24General Communications146,000
25NewWave Communications141,000

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