The top 10 US pay TV operators lost 165,500 digital TV customers in the second quarter, representing only 0.2% of their overall subscriber base, according to research by Informitv.
The number represents a significant slowing of net losses for the traditionally weak second quarter, according to Informitv, comparing with losses of 274,700 in the same period last year and 207,700 in 2012.
Pay TV operators have made net gains in other quarters over the last two years, with the top 10 providers’ subscriber total up 400,000 year-on-year, and up by 1.5 million over two years, according to the Informitv Multiscreen Index.
Cable has fared less well than satellite and IPTV providers. DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T and Verizon gained video customers over the year, while Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter and Mediacom all lost video subscribers.