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Traditional pay TV providers lost nearly 2M subs in Q3, Kagan says

According to Kagan, a TMT research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence, traditional pay TV providers (including cable, telco and satellite operators) lost approximately 1.9 million video subscribers in the third quarter. That’s 25% higher than the previous largest drop in the second quarter of 2019. Cable, telco and DBS providers ended the quarter with a combined, estimated 85.1 million video subscribers, down more than 5.8 million in the trailing 12 months at a 6.4% year-over-year rate of decline. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2NO9qir [Photo: Orin Zebest/Flickr]

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Cable customers hit with $450 per year in hidden fees, Consumer Reports claims

Consumer Reports claimed that cable companies about 10 years ago began throwing on additional fees – like Broadcast TV Fee, Regional Sports Surcharge, HD Technology Fee, and Network Access and Maintenance Fee – on top of the advertised rates for packages. The publication estimated that these company-imposed fees cost consumers about $37 per month (or $450 per year). The publication also claimed that the average cable bill includes 13 line item charges, and that pay TV providers could be making an estimated $28 billion a year from charging company-imposed fees. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2Oo5Qfg [photo: Orin Zebest/Fickr]

‘Seinfeld’: Viacom Nabs Cable Rights To Comedy Series

Beginning in October 2021, the full library of all 180 Seinfeld episodes will leave their long-time cable home on TBS and will air across Viacom’s entertainment brands, including Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land. Additionally, catch-up episodes will be available through Viacom brands via authenticated video on demand, websites and apps. – Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RDc70K [photo:Seinfeld/IMDb]

U.S. pay TV providers lost over 1.5M subscribers in Q2, Leichtman says

The top seven cable companies lost about 455,000 video subscribers in the second quarter – up from 275,000 subscribers one year ago – which were more net losses than any quarter since the second quarter of 2014. The top telephone providers lost about 100,000 video subscribers and the two publicly reported virtual MVPD services, Sling TV and AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) lost 120,000 subscribers. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2YJHHq3

Cord cutting is getting ‘freaking ugly,’ analyst says

The three providers reported an aggregate of more than 1.2 million video subscriber losses, which lead MoffettNathanson to estimate the cord-cutting rate would reach 5.5% during the second quarter. That would be the worst it’s ever been, and the firm expects the trend will continue to accelerate during the second half of 2019. Although, when accounting for virtual MVPD subscriber growth, the rate slows to 2.7%.- Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2YyC5du

Disney and Charter are talking about carriage fees, and the outcome could affect how much you pay for cable in the streaming era

Content providers who have long pushed for higher carriage fees could face severe pushback from pay-TV providers who say that linear networks aren’t as valuable because so much content is available online — not only at Netflix and Amazon, but now within the content companies’ own streaming products. Moreover, if customers do flee the pay-TV bundle for streaming services, pay-TV providers may want to cut content spending even more to keep costs down. – Alex Sherman, CNBC » https://cnb.cx/32pUcVV
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