The defections continue from pricey U.S. cable TV bundles to internet-based TV. As the cable/broadband industry consolidates, three major players — Comcast, Charter (merged with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks) and AT&T — control most of America’s digital pipelines. Broadband internet subscriptions from these companies are holding their own.
Subscribers to U.S. video and internet services (Q2 2018 or as noted)
|COMCAST||21,074,000||24,440,000||Q2-2018 company reports: Household video subs decreased by 136K in Q3; high-speed internet added 260K subs; total 10,213,000 voice customers|
|CHARTER||17,300,000||19,400,000||Q1-2018 reports: Household video subs fell by 112K; high-speed internet subs grew 331K; total 10,375,000 telephone subs. (Merger of Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks closed in 2016)|
|ATT (includes DIRECTV)||21,800,000||12,900,000||Q2 reports: DirecTV lost 286K subs, online DirecTV Now added 342K, ATT WatchTV launched; 76K added household internet; 54,700,000 consumer wireless customers. Merger with Time Warner closed 2018;|
|VERIZON FIOS||4,560,000||5,959,000||Q2-2018 reports: 116,500,000 wireless customers; acquired AOL and Yahoo!, renamed Oath|
|ALTICE||approx 4,600,000||approx 4,600,000||approx 4,600,000 voice customers. Acquired Suddenlink (2015) and Cablevision (2016)|
|DISH||13,150,000||595,000||Q1 2018 reports: Includes 2.3 million Sling TV subscribers.|