SNL Kagan Releases 3rd-Quarter U.S. Multichannel Subscriber Report

Losses remain high with Q3'15 marking the industry's sixth consecutive quarter in decline

Nov 19, 2015, 12:01 ET from S&P Capital IQ and SNL Financial

MONTEREY, Calif., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the most recent report from SNL Kagan, multichannel subscriber losses, though slower sequentially, remained elevated for the period ended September 30. For the period comprised of the first three quarters, the data shows the largest-ever drop in subscribers, nearly five times the previous record, set in 2014.

According to SNL Kagan data, Q3'15 was the industry's sixth consecutive quarter in negative territory: period during which the United States gained 1.8 million occupied households. The converging trends have led to a slump in the U.S. multichannel penetration rate, which, as of September 30, stood at a calculated 82.4%.

That said, there appears upside from some of the negative results of the second quarter and its 629,000 subscriber decline. Customer losses were cut by 41.2%, cable logged its best third-quarter results in 8 years and approximately half of the loss was isolated to DISH Network.

Additional highlights from SNL Kagan's 3rd-quarter U.S. Multichannel Subscriber report:

  • Year-to-date, cable operators have shed an estimated 672,000 basic subscriptions: a 39% reduction in customer losses annually. For the period under consideration, the first nine months of the year, it is also cable's first sub-1 million drop since 2008.
  • The direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) segment lost an estimated 152,000 subscribers in the third quarter, as DIRECTV's return to positive net adds was overcome by mounting DISH losses.
  • The top two telecommunications companies (telcos) combined to lose 49,000 video customers, in stark contrast to a gain of 330,000 the same period last year.

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