The top 10 television service providers in the US lost over 200,000 subscribers between them in the first quarter of 2018, as reported by the informitv Multiscreen Index. Among the top 10 services there were 373,000 fewer satellite subscribers and 245,000 fewer cable television customers. Meanwhile online television services DirecTV NOW and Sling TV gained a total of 427,000 customers, resulting in an overall loss of 0.25 per cent of the subscriber base across the top 10 services.
“The DirecTV NOW and Sling TV online services are continuing to gain customers at the expense of traditional television platforms,” observed Dr William Cooper, the editor of the informitv Multiscreen Index. “We now include them as distinct services in our index and they are now among the top 10 in the US, above some of the smaller cable services.”
Frontier Communications dropped out of the top 10, losing 27,000 television subscribers, with a total of 0.93 million. Cox Communications is not included in the top 10 as it does not report subscriber numbers.
The top 10 services for the US in the Multiscreen Index have just over 84 million television customers between them, accounting for over 70 per cent of television homes. Subscriber numbers are as reported by service providers, rather than analyst estimates.