RELATED > Four for the Money: Consolidation Wave Creates Top-heavy List of Pay TV’s Largest Players
Subscribers: 25.3 million
As the undisputed MVPD leader for the second year in a row, AT&T has turned its eyes toward over-the-top distribution (DirecTV Now) and content, via the pending $108.7 billion purchase of Time Warner.
Subscribers: 22.5 million
After six straight years of improved losses, Comcast finally entered the black in 2016, reporting its first full year of basic videosubscriber growth (161,000 customers) in a decade.
Subscribers: 17.2 million
Six months after it closed the purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, Charter was said to have caught the eye of Verizon, a combination many consider too costly and too hard to pass by regulators.
Subscribers: 13.7 million
Dish surprised analysts by adding 28,000 net new subscribers in Q4, primarily driven by growth at its over-the-top service Sling TV. Sling added 273,000 customers while traditional satellite lost 245,000, according to analysts’ estimates.
Subscribers: 4.7 million
Verizon has been shedding some of its Fios TV assets — it sold 1.1 million customers to Frontier Communications last year — leading some to believe it is abandoning its wireline business for a mobile strategy.
Subscribers: 4.1 million
7. Altice USA*
Subscribers: 3.6 million
8. Frontier Communications
Subscribers: 1.5 million
Frontier closed its $10.5 billion buy of Fios TV assets in California, Texas and Florida last year, suffering a series of outages after the “flash cut” switchover. Frontier said it has ironed out those problems and is fully committed to video.
9. Mediacom Communications
The sale of WOW by longtime cable private equity player ABRY Partners to Crestview Partners last year marked the industry return of a cable pioneer, namely former Marcus Cable CEO and current Crestview partner Jeff Marcus.
11.Texas Pacific Group (TPG)
The new kid on the MVPD block, TPG vaulted to the No. 12 spot after purchasing RCN and Grande Communications in a deal valued at $2.25 billion.
12. Cable One*
After taking a broadband-centric tack in 2012, Cable One’s video customers are down to 330,000 from 600,000. A possible seller, but bought New Wave Communications systems in January for $735 million.
High programing costs are pushing CenturyLink to de-emphasize the Prism IPTV product in favor of Prism Stream, an over-the-top offering expected to launch in Q2. Next up: closing its $34 billion merger with Level 3 Communications.
14. Atlantic Broadband
15. Armstrong Cable
17. Service Electric
18. Blue Ridge Communications
19. Telephone & Data Systems
20. Wave Broadband
21. Cincinnati Bell
Cincinnati Bell took up the skinny bundle mantle in March 2016, launching Fioptics MyTV, a low-cost, 50-channel bundle geared at more price-conscious customers.
22. Buckeye/Block Communications
Owned byToledo Blade publisher Block, Buckeye Cable launched in 1965, followed by business net Telesystems in 1997 and prepaid broadband service Nymble last year.
23. General Communication Inc.*
24. NewWave Communications**
**NewWave agreed to be purchased by Cable One in January.
SOURCE: Individual companies, SNL Kagan,industry associations, published reports and Multichannel News estimates
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