Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Verizon FIOS 6th Largest Cable MSO

Verizon FiOS is growing basic subscribers as the other cable MSOs report basic sub drops. "Verizon Communications is now a bigger pay-TV provider than Charter Communications, after the telco pulled in a solid net gain of 194,000 FiOS TV customers in the last three months of 2011 to stand at 4.17 million total." That increase moves FIOS to sixth place in number of basic subscribers. The top ten list is as follows:

1. Comcast Cable
2. Direct TV
3. Dish (Echostar)
4. Time Warner Cable
5. Cox Communication
6. Verizon FiOS
7. Charter Cable
8. AT&T U-Verse
9. Cablevision
10. Bright House

How far the cable industry has matured? The 10 largest cable operator, Bright House, is about one-tenth as large as the number 1 cable operator, Comcast. And the top 5 cable operators, currently both satellite providers and 3 cable operators, cover about 75% of all cable subscribers. Shortly, Insight, 13th largest MSO, will be sold to Time Warner Cable and others will likely merge as well. Consolidation in the cable universe coupled with shifting viewership from cable to satellite and telco providers.

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