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)
Q2-2018 company reports: Household video subs decreased by 136K in Q3; high-speed internet added 260K subs; total 10,213,000 voice customers
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)
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;