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Major Multi-Channel Video Providers Added About 260,000 Subscribers in 1Q 2014

Top Cable Providers Had Fewest Quarterly Losses in Five Years

Durham, NH — May 19, 2014 — Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that the thirteen largest multi-channel video providers in the US — representing about 94% of the market — added about 260,000 net video subscribers in 1Q 2014, compared to a gain of about 230,000 video subscribers in 1Q 2013.

The top multi-channel video providers account for nearly 95.8 million subscribers — with the top nine cable companies having 50.4 million video subscribers, satellite TV companies having 34.4 million subscribers, and top telephone companies having about 11 million subscribers.

Other key findings include:

  • The top nine cable companies lost about 50,000 video subscribers in 1Q 2014 — the fewest quarterly losses since 1Q 2009
  • Satellite TV providers added 52,000 subscribers in 1Q 2014 — compared to a gain of 57,000 in 1Q 2013
  • The top telephone providers added 258,000 video subscribers in 1Q 2014 — compared to 401,000 net additions in 1Q 2013
    • Verizon FiOS’s net adds in 1Q 2014 were the fewest in any quarter since 2Q 2006
  • Cumulative net additions for the top multi-channel video providers in 1Q 2014 were the most in any quarter since 1Q 2012
  • Over the past year, multi-channel video providers lost about 37,000 subscribers, similar to a loss of about 43,000 over the prior year

“In the first quarter of 2014, the multi-channel video industry had its best quarter in two years, and cable providers had the fewest video losses in any quarter in the past five years,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. “Industrywide net losses of about 40,000 subscribers over the past year were nearly identical to losses over the prior year.”

Multi-Channel Video Provider Subscribers at
End of 1Q 2014
Net Adds in
1Q 2014
Net Adds in
1Q 2013
Cable Companies
Comcast^ 22,601,000 24,000 (25,000)
Time Warner 11,359,000 (34,000) (118,000)
Charter 4,355,000 13,000 (35,000)
Cablevision 2,799,000 (14,000) (5,000)
Suddenlink 1,187,500 2,400 800
Mediacom 937,000 (8,000) (1,000)
Cable ONE 524,563 (14,331) (5,435)
Other Major Private Cable Companies* 6,655,000 (20,000) (40,000)
Total Top Cable 50,418,063 (50,931) (228,635)
Satellite TV Companies (DBS)
DirecTV 20,265,000 12,000 21,000
DISH 14,097,000 40,000 36,000
Total Top DBS 34,362,000 52,000 57,000
Telephone Companies
AT&T U-verse 5,661,000 201,000 232,000
Verizon FiOS 5,319,000 57,000 169,000
Total Top Phone 10,980,000 258,000 401,000
Total Multi-Channel Video 95,760,063 259,069 229,365
Sources: The Companies and Leichtman Research Group, Inc.

* Includes LRG estimates for Cox and Bright House Networks

^ Comcast revised its methodology for counting subscribers to a Billable Customer method in 1Q 2014

Top cable companies do not include overbuilder WOW with 694,300 subscribers

Net additions reflect pro forma results from system sales and acquisitions

Top multi-channel video providers represent approximately 94% of all subscribers

Company subscriber counts may not solely represent residential households

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 broadband, media and entertainment industries. LRG combines on-going surveys and analysis with years of hands-on industry experience to provide companies with a richer understanding of the potential impact and adoption of new products and services. For more information about LRG, please call (603) 397-5400 or visit

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