Who owns the digital pipelines?

Charter Time Warner Cable Bright House Networks mergerThe 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)


Company Digital TV Internet
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) 25,200,000 14,400,000 Q3 reports: DirecTV lost 359K 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
COX 4,500,000 6,000,000 estimates
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.