Pay-TV sub losses accelerated to 125K in 2014, Leichtman says

The 13 largest pay-TV operators lost 125,000 subscribers in 2014, up from 95,000 in 2013, according to new data released Tuesday by Leichtman Research Group.

These 13 providers account for 95.2 million U.S. pay-TV homes.

The top nine cable companies, which account for 49.3 million video customers in the U.S., lost just under 1.2 million subscribers in 2014, markedly less than the nearly 1.7 million lost in 2013.

Meanwhile, DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) and Dish Network (NASDAQ: DTV) account for 34.3 million U.S. pay-TV homes, adding 20,000 subs in 2014, a deceleration from the 170,000 net additions for 2013.

Finally, telco-based providers AT&T U-verse (NYSE: T) and Verizon FiOS (NYSE: VZ) account for 11.6 million U.S. pay-TV homes. They added just under 1.1 million video customers in 2014, down from just over 1.4 million in 2013.

For more:
- read this LRG press release

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