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#1 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 05:49 AM

US cable achieves best quarter in years
 
US pay TV subscribers, encompassing cable, satellite and IPTV, rose by 202,670 during the first three months of the year, as presented in the table. This represented the best performance for the market since one year ago in the first quarter of 2013, when subscribers declined by 214,580....
 
 
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 08:42 AM

Is this really a surprise to anyone?? There are a _hitload of unemployed people who get free paid television(aka Welfare). That number will continue to rise every year. Funny part is, people who DO pay for it out of their own pocket are dropping like flies because of cord cutting. Price no longer is justifying the means. That & working 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet doesn't leave too much time for TV.................



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Posted 16 May 2014 - 04:13 PM

US pay TV subscribers, encompassing cable, satellite and IPTV, rose by 202,670 during the first three months of the year, as presented in the table. This represented the best performance for the market since one year ago in the first quarter of 2013, when subscribers declined by 214,580....

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There is something wrong with that chart ... 1Q 2013 shows an INCREASE. Looking at the chart it appears 1Q is the highest increase of each year with huge losses in 2Q each year building back to a most positive 1Q each year. Looking at the chart 1Q 2014 was worse than 1Q 2013 and worse than 1Q 2012. So either the chart is wonky or the article is off.
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Posted 16 May 2014 - 06:07 PM

I'm guessing that the IHS authors shifted context without clear notice.  Given the paltry contribution by DIRECTV (12,000) and the modest contribution from DISH (40,000), that couldn't possibly stem the tide of conventional cable losses.

 

It would appear that FIOS and uVerse are the IPTV providers they mention (even though FIOS may be more like a cable outfit than an IPTV delivery company).

 

Unfortunately, I can't find the original IHS article that the blogs are reposting.


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 07:38 PM

Unfortunately, I can't find the original IHS article that the blogs are reposting.


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 11:36 PM

Good grief. In the big eye catching print in the IHS news release it says:

 

"The first quarter is generally the best time of the year for the U.S. cable market, and the start of 2014 was no exception"

 

So using their own words, the first quarter of 2014 was not an exception - maybe better than in recent years after the bottom fell out of the economy in 2008.  But it is interesting that things are picking up. Maybe more 20-somethings are getting their own place.


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 07:10 AM

The words of the press release (which was practically plagiarized for the Broadband TV News article) still does not match the graph. The graph shows an overall INCREASE in pay subscribers every 1st quarter with 1Q 2014 lower than 1Q 2013 and a lot lower than 1Q 2012. The headline could be "US Pay TV 1st quarter continues to decline."

And "Cable Achieves Best Quarter in Years" (specifically calling out cable, not satellite or IPTV) refers to:
"Although cable subscribers fell by 132,330 during the period from January through March, this actually was a victory for the pay TV segment, marking the lowest number of losses since the first quarter of 2011. The last two years have been brutal for the U.S. cable industry, with subscribers falling by an average of about 480,000 per quarter."

Cable had the lowest number of losses in three years ... but they are still losing an average of 480k per quarter (math says 1.9 million per year. Break out the champagne? But make sure it is the cheap kind when you're celebrating losing 132k customers as if it is a victory. :rolleyes:

"Cable numbers suck less 1Q 2014 than they have in three years." :lol:
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Posted 18 May 2014 - 09:59 AM

Punditry seems to be the order of the day. That the many blogs reword (or simply copy) the information only makes it worse.

The version I read on Fierce Cable incorporated all the same conflicting analysis.

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