Verizon Communications declined to give AT&T the honor of being the fastest-growing U.S. telco TV provider during the third quarter. Verizon reported today that it added 233,000 TV customers during Q3, which was just 1,000 or so more than AT&T reported for the third quarter last week. Verizon's FiOS TV service also remains the most successful telco TV service in the land with 1.6 million subscribers.
AT&T last week provided the first clue that telecom industry watchers don't have to worry too much yet about slower TV subscriber growth, and Verizon confirmed the notion and the recent bullish stance of its own CEO, Ivan Seidenberg, by posting big TV numbers. The third quarter's additions totaled about 57,000 more than FiOS TV's subscriber additions of 176,000 in the second quarter. The FiOS TV customer base has more than doubled since this time last year.
Also, Verizon said in its earnings report that FiOS TV sales penetration increased to 19.7 percent, compared with 15.2 percent in last year's third quarter. The service is now available to about 8.2 million households.
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