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Kagan: 17% of US homes are OTT only

September 5, 2018

The number of wireline broadband homes not subscribing to traditional multichannel in the US reached a new record high in the second quarter, according to a Kagan report.

Overall, an estimated 16.9 per cent of US occupied households were “broadband-only homes” in the second quarter, up nearly 3 percentage points year-over-year.

The boom in broadband-only homes is a boon for broadband ISPs. Assuming that the vast majority of those households fill their video needs with online services, this intimates an increase in data consumption.

Comcast on its platform reported that monthly data usage across its internet customer base came in at a median 151 GB in the first six months of 2018. This compares to a median 100 GB in the first half of 2017 and 131 GB in the second half of 2017.

In the long run, the upward trajectory in data consumption points to room for higher HSD average revenue per users, prolonged broadband revenue momentum and expanded cash flows, even under the current reluctance to enforce data caps.

Of note, this mechanism contributes to sending cable’s profitability to record levels, with the top MSOs now firmly ensconced in 40 per cent -plus territory.

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