AT&T U-verse sub losses the biggest in the world for Q3, researcher says

Informitv's latest Multiscreen Index of 100 top pay-TV operators found that AT&T U-verse had the biggest pay-TV customer loss around the globe.

AT&T U-verse’s loss of 326,000 video subscribers in the third quarter represented the biggest pay-TV customer loss around the globe, according to London-based research company Informitv. 

According to the company’s latest Multiscreen Index of 100 top pay-TV operators around the world, the sector's leading companies gained 3.45 million subscribers during the third quarter (up 0.8%) compared to 3.74 million (up 0.95%) in the third quarter of 2015.

Fifty-seven companies reported growth in the third quarter compared to 59 in the year-ago period.

Informitv said six of the top 10 service providers in the U.S. lost television subscribers in the quarter and they were collectively down by 73,000 over the quarter and 357,700 year over year.

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Notably, SNL Kagan reported in November that all cable, satellite and telco operators in the U.S. collectively lost 430,000 video customers during the third quarter. 

The Asia-Pacific region, meanwhile, remained fast-growing, with six pay-TV operators adding 2.19 million video customers in the third quarter, led by Hathway, which gained 800,000. 

In Europe, France’s Tricolor had the largest increase, up by 130,000 customers, taking its total to 12 million. Sky gained 106,000 customers across Europe, including 49,000 in Germany and Austria.