Pay-TV earnings in the fourth quarter of 2015

How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies, perform in 2015's fourth quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.

To compare results in this industry segment, check out our earnings summaries from the second and third quarter of 2015. Also, round out your telecom earnings knowledge with more summaries from the quarter, updated at FierceTelecom and FierceWireless.

Jan. 19
Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX)
While its global subscriber count increased by 17 million customers in 2015, Netflix warned investors that its once explosively growing domestic base is reaching a mature phase.
"Our high penetration in the U.S. seems to be making additions harder than in the past," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told investors during the SVOD giant's fourth-quarter earnings report. Netflix finished 2014 with just under 40 million total streaming customers in the U.S. It closed out 2015 with around 45 million. Its domestic subscriber base grew around 8 percent last year compared to around 17 percent the year before.
- see this article
- visit Netflix's investor relations page

Jan. 21
Verizon (NYSE: VZ)
For the fourth quarter, Verizon reported total operating revenue of $34.3 billion, up 3.2 percent over the same period of 2014. Revenue from FiOS operations grew 6.8 percent in the quarter to $3.5 billion. Verizon added 20,000 video customers in the fourth quarter, ending 2015 with 5.8 million FiOS pay-TV subscribers.
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- visit Verizon's investor relations page

Jan. 26
Resurgent customer growth of 214,000 subscribers for AT&T's recently acquired DirecTV division was offset in the fourth quarter by losses of 240,000 video subscribers for the legacy U-verse service. "The DirecTV subscriber additions were stronger than expected … but the U-verse losses were much worse," said MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett, summing up AT&T's fourth quarter pay-TV performance.
- see this article
- visit AT&T's investor relations page

Jan. 28
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC)
Time Warner Cable's earnings presentation was a bit anti-climactic, given that the MSO had already released its subscriber numbers a month early. The company finished 2015 with a net gain of 32,000 video subscribers, the first time that it has finished in the black since before the Great Recession. It added 54,000 video subs in the fourth quarter.
- see this article
- visit TWC's investor relations page

- visit Amazon's investor relations page

Feb. 3
Culminating a big rebound year for cable video services, Comcast added 89,000 pay-TV customers in the fourth quarter, its best quarterly performance in the category in nine years. The additions compare to 6,000 net video customer adds in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the year, the biggest MSO in the U.S. narrowed its video losses to only 36,000 customers.
- see this article 
-  visit Comcast's investor relations page

Feb. 4
Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR)
After growing its video subscriber base for the first time in over a decade, Charter Communications said it will be the only major operator not to raise customer pricing in 2016. The company added 33,000 video customers in the fourth quarter and 11,000 for the year, joining Time Warner Cable in breaking a decade-long drought of full-year growth.
- see this article
- visit Charter Communications investor relations page

Feb. 10
Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWC)
-  visit Time Warner's investor relations page

Feb. 11
Rovi Corp. (NASDAQ:ROVI)
-  visit Rovi's investor relations page

-  visit CBS' investor relations page

Not yet announced:

- more AMC's investor relations page

-  visit Arris' investor relations page

Cablevision (NYSE: CVC)
- visit Cablevision's investor relations page

Cable One
- visit Cable One's investor relations page

21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA)
- and Fox's investor relations page

Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH)
- visit Dish Network's investor relations page

- visit Cisco's investor relations page

Centurylink (NYSE: CTL)
- visit CenturyLink's investor relations page

Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA)
-  visit Discovery's investor relations page

Liberty Media (NASDAQ: LMCA)
- visit Liberty Media's investor relations page

- visit Mediacom's investor relations page

- visit Synacor's investor relations page

- visit Viacom's investor page

Pay-TV earnings in the fourth quarter of 2015

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