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Major Pay-TV Providers Lost About 5,900,000 Subscribers in 2022

Pay-TV Net Losses in 2022 Were About 1.2 Million More Than in 2021

Durham, NH — March 3, 2023 — Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that the largest pay-TV providers in the U.S. – representing about 92% of the market – lost about 5,880,000 net video subscribers in 2022, compared to a pro forma net loss of about 4,700,000 in 2021.

The top pay-TV providers now account for about 70.2 million subscribers – with the top seven cable companies having about 37.8 million video subscribers, other traditional pay-TV services having 24.1 million subscribers, and the top publicly reporting Internet-delivered (vMVPD) pay-TV services having 8.3 million subscribers.

Key findings for the year include:

  • Top cable providers had a net loss of about 3,530,000 video subscribers in 2022 – compared to a loss of about 2,695,000 subscribers in 2021
  • Other traditional pay-TV services had a net loss of about 2,720,000 subscribers in 2022 – compared to a loss of about 2,890,000 subscribers in 2021
  • Top publicly reporting vMVPDs (not including YouTube TV, which does not regularly report results) added about 370,000 subscribers in 2022 – compared to a gain of about 885,000 subscribers in 2021
  • Traditional pay-TV services (not including vMVPD) had a net loss of about 6,250,000 subscribers in 2022 – compared to a net loss of about 5,585,000 in 2021

“The top pay-TV providers had a net loss of about 5.9 million subscribers, compared to a pro forma loss of about 4.7 million subscribers in 2021, and 4.9 million in 2020,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc.  “At the end of 2022, top pay-TV providers had about 70.2 million subscribers, down from 95.5 million at the end of 2012.”

Pay-TV Providers Subscribers at end of 2022 Net Adds in 2022
Cable Companies
Cable One**181,500 (79,500)
Total Top Cable37,779,127(3,531,902)
Other Traditional Services
DISH TV (DBS)7,416,000(805,000)
Verizon Fios (Telco)3,301,000(343,000)
Frontier (Telco)*306,000(74,000)
Total Top Other Traditional24,123,000(2,722,000)
Internet-Delivered (vMVPD)
Hulu + Live TV4,500,000200,000
Sling TV2,334,000(152,000)

Total Top vMVPD^^8,279,000371,000
Total Top Providers70,181,127(5,882,902)

Sources: The Companies and Leichtman Research Group, Inc.

*     LRG estimate

**   LRG estimate of pro forma net adds

^    LRG estimate, includes DIRECTV, U-verse, and DIRECTV Stream

^^  List does not include YouTube TV or Philo, as neither regularly report results.  YouTube noted in a blog post that the TV service had “5 million subscribers and trialers” at the end of June 2022.

Company subscriber counts may not solely represent residential households

Top pay-TV providers represent approximately 92% of all subscribers


Net additions reflect pro forma results from system sales and acquisitions, reporting adjustments, and changes to the list of top providers – therefore, comparing totals in this release to prior releases will not produce accurate findings

About Leichtman Research Group, Inc.

Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) specializes in research and analysis on broadband, media and entertainment industries. LRG combines ongoing consumer surveys with industry tracking and analysis, to provide companies with a richer understanding of current market conditions, and 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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