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Cord-Cutting Sped Up in 2018: Biggest Pay-TV Ops Shed 3.2 Million Subscribers Last Year

The largest traditional pay-TV providers saw their subscriber base drop by 4% in 2018.

YoY change in traditional pay-TV subscribers:
1)
Dish Satellite — ↓ 1.1M ( 10%)
2) DirecTV Satellite — ↓ 1.2M ( 6%)
3) Verizon Fios — ↓ 168K ( 4%)
4) Charter — ↓ 296K ( 2%)
5) Comcast Xfinity — ↓ 344K ( 2%)
6) AT&T U-verse — ↓ 50K ( 1%)
7) Total — ↓ 3.2M ( 4%)

YoY change in streaming pay-TV subscribers:
1)
DirecTV Now — ↑ 436K ( 38%)
2) Sling TV — ↑ 205K ( ↑ 9%)
3) Total — ↑ 600K ( ↑ 19%)

More #1: Comcast looks to DTC, SVOD aggregation to help pay TV

More #2: The Bundle strikes back: How streaming caught up to cable TV prices

More #3: YouTube TV Expands Nationwide, Covering 98% Of The U.S.

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