IPTV operators in the US added 1.16 million new subscribers in 2014, according to the latest report from Strategy Analytics.
The report, ‘Digital Television Operator Performance Benchmarking: North America,’ says Verizon added 387,000 new subs and AT&T, which sold its Connecticut assets to Frontier, added 478,000.
Meanwhile, the top pay-TV operators in the United States added 101,000 new subscribers during the fourth quarter to end a roller coaster year, reversing the declining trend in pay-TV subscribers in North America, seen during the second and third quarters.
The 19 tracked operators in the US added 101,000 subscribers while operators in Canada added 5,000. In the US, the increase in the fourth quarter brought the total tracked subscribers to 96.1 million, representing more than 95% of the total US market. Digital subscriber growth has continued throughout 2014, ending the year at nearly 95 million.
“2014 started and finished strong, with growth in Pay TV subscribers in both the first and fourth quarters,” explains Jason Blackwell, Director of Service Provider Strategies. “The middle of the year was a bit rough, with subscriber losses in the second and third quarters. Overall, the year was flat, with our tracked operators losing only 4,000 subscribers.”