Who owns the digital pipelines?

Charter Time Warner Cable Bright House Networks mergerFCC approval of Charter Communications’s merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks means that three major players — Comcast, the New Charter and ATT — control most of America’s digital pipelines. Cable TV providers suffered what analysts called “modest” losses of video subscribers in 2015, continuing a 2-year trend due to new internet TV competition, “cord-cutting” and “cord-nevers.” Broadband subscriptions, on the other hand, showed strong increases.

Subscribers to U.S. video and internet services (Q1 2016 or as noted)

 

Company Digital TV Internet
COMCAST 22,428,000 24,316,000 Q3-2016 company reports: Video subs increased by 32K in Q3; high-speed internet added 330K subs; 11,643,000 voice customers
NEW CHARTER  17,300,000 19,400,000 Merger of Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks approved 2016; 9,400,000 telephone subs.
ATT (includes DIRECTV) 25,300,000 12,900,000 Will stream DirecTV to connected devices in Q4 2016; 54,700,000 consumer wireless customers; merger with Time Warner announced
VERIZON FIOS 5,863,000 7,132,000 112,573,000 wireless customers; acquired AOL in 2015
COX 4,500,000 6,000,000 estimates
CABLEVISION 2,579,000 2,828,000 activated HULU on set-top boxes; 2,185,000 voice customers
SUDDENLINK 1,100,000 1,184,000
DISH 13,900,000  595,000 Q2 2015 – Sling TV subs now included in video count.
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Movie theater ticket sales declined (again) in 2014

U.S. movie box office revenue and ticket sales 1990-2014
Source: boxofficemojo.com

Variety notes: “It was a punishing year for the movie business. The total box office slipped 5.2% from 2013’s record-breaking numbers, falling to $10.35 billion. Attendance figures were even worse. Roughly 1.26 billion consumers purchased tickets, representing a two-decade low.”

Top premium entertainment channels on U.S. television

As of YE 2013 unless otherwise noted

Video service Paid US Subs
Netflix 33,400,000

(Q4-13, SNL Kagan via Variety)
HBO 29,000,000 (Q3-2013, SNL Kagan via Variety)
Cinemax 13,600,000 (Q3-2013, SNL Kagan via Variety)
Showtime 23,000,000
Starz 22,000,000
Encore 41,700,000
EPIX 9,500,000 (2011)