From Altice to Comcast: Tracking Q3 2017 earnings in the cable industry

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Check back with FierceCable throughout the earnings season for updates on the quarterly results of the industry's biggest players.

How did pay TV distributors—including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers—perform in 2017's third quarter? What about relevant programmers and technology companies? In this earnings summary, we list the results for the biggest pay TV industry players.

October 16

As it did in its previous quarter, Netflix again outpaced its own expectations around subscriber growth and added 5.3 million new subscribers during the third quarter.
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- visit Netflix's investor relations page

October 19

Verizon reported losses of 18,000 Fios TV customers in the third quarter, marking the third straight quarter in which it has lost pay TV subscribers.
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- visit Verizon's investor relations page

October 24

Solidifying the notion that the linear DirecTV satellite TV platform is shrinking faster than AT&T thought it would when it bought the company for $49 billion, the service lost 251,000 customers in the third quarter.
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- visit AT&T's investor relations page

October 26

Comcast said it lost nearly 125,000 pay TV customers in the third quarter but still managed to increase revenue in its cable division by 5.1%.
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- visit Comcast's investor relations page

Charter Communications
Charter Communications said it lost 104,000 pay TV subscribers in the third quarter, a loss Charter Chairman and CEO Tom Rutledge said is partly due to video piracy. 
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- visit Amazon's investor relations page

November 1

Arris reported third-quarter revenue that was essentially flat year over year at nearly $1.73 billion, with its pay TV set-top sales declining, but the vendor enjoyed strong network sales built around its E6000 converged edge router business.
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- visit Arris' investor relations page

Frontier Communications
Frontier is turning a corner in its California, Texas and Florida (CTF) markets as the company saw broadband additions return to pre-acquisition levels. However, its legacy markets continued to be challenged by a lack of meaningful broadband subscriber additions.
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- visit Frontier's investor relations page

Mediacom’s third-quarter 8-K filings continued to tell an all-too-familiar cable-industry story of growing residential broadband and business services revenue streams, both amid declining video metrics.
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- visit Mediacom's investor relations page

November 3

Altice USA
Altice USA, in the words of one analyst, continued to “have its cake and eat it too” in the third quarter, growing revenue by 3.2% to $2.33 billion while expanding margins to 44.1%.
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- visit Altice USA's investor relations page

November 8

Cable One
Despite operating in a footprint in which 70% of broadband competition comes from DSL operators, Cable One lost around 3,300 broadband customers in its legacy footprint in the third quarter.
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November 9

CenturyLink continues to be challenged by cable’s aggressive DOCSIS 3.1 rollouts, particularly where it offers lower-speed broadband tiers, as the telco lost another 101,000 customers during the third quarter. The service provider ended the quarter with a total of 5.76 million customers.
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- visit CenturyLink's investor relations page

Dish Network
Dish Network reported a gain of 16,000 pay TV subscribers in the third quarter—with losses of 145,000 hurricane-impacted users in Puerto Rico notwithstanding and gains to its low-margin Sling TV virtual service factored in.
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- visit Dish Network's investor relations page

Liberty Global
- visit Liberty Media's investor relations page

November 13

- visit WOW’s investor relations page


- visit Synacor's investor relations page