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Cable Suffers Customer Loss, Telco Up 24% (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Media Daily News ^ | June 23, 2011 | Wayne Friedman

Posted on 06/24/2011 5:40:26 AM PDT by abb

Cable TV distribution continues to lose customers in the top 15 markets, with telco companies sharply rising and satellite TV companies seeing little change.

There was a 3.8% decline in the first quarter of 2011 versus the same period in 2010 in the top 15 markets, slipping to 23.2 million customers, per SNL Kagan.

New York City, the biggest TV market, dropped 3.4%; Los Angeles, at No. 2, sank 4%; and Chicago, the third-largest market, slipped 5.1%.

The biggest declines in major markets were in Atlanta (eighth-biggest), losing 8%; Dallas (fifth place) gave up 7.7%. Seattle (13th place) lost the least, at 0.2%.

Telco was up 24% to 4.4 million among the top 15 markets during the period, with Los Angeles rocketing up 50.9% in customers during the period and Chicago 49.5%. The slowest movers were Dallas, rising just 7.8%, and Detroit (11th place) 16.4% higher.

Satellite TV distribution in the top 15 markets was virtually unchanged -- up 0.1% to 10.64 million. Washington (the 9th-largest market) was up 3.9%; Houston (the 10th-largest) was 3.8% higher.

Looking at all multichannel TV distributors -- cable, satellite and telco -- these TV business were virtually unchanged in the top 15 markets during the first quarter, slipping 0.1% to 38.18 million.

Washington witnessed the greatest rise at 4.7%; and Los Angeles was next at 3.9%. Atlanta lost the most at 5.2%; Phoenix was next at 3.3%.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; cable; dbm; television
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1 posted on 06/24/2011 5:40:32 AM PDT by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; carmenbmw; ...

ping


2 posted on 06/24/2011 5:41:03 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Please excuse my ignorance, but what is telco and why is it replacing cable?


3 posted on 06/24/2011 5:44:38 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: bert

Telco is a telephone company, Verizon or AT&T. They offer fiber service now, with TV & Internet & phone, that is replacing cable in many areas.


4 posted on 06/24/2011 5:47:00 AM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: abb

I’m not sure where this fits into the equation, but Comcast is p!ssing me off so I’m about to upgrade to Verizon Fios.


5 posted on 06/24/2011 5:47:31 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down!)
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To: bert
Telco would be he Verizon's of the world and there Fios service
6 posted on 06/24/2011 5:48:24 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: abb

I liked TV better when I had 3 channels, and a 4th when the weather cooperated. :)


7 posted on 06/24/2011 5:49:40 AM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: bert

I use AT&T Uverse for my internet. I run 4 PCs, 2 game consoles and a laptop. We have used the internet for all of our traditional TV viewing.

In fact my youngest told me last night that he was happy that we no longer had DISH, because he can now watch ‘better shows’


8 posted on 06/24/2011 5:49:51 AM PDT by Dacula (Just say no to Vidalia onions)
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To: Sporke

...and it was free


9 posted on 06/24/2011 5:50:45 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: PLMerite
I’m not sure where this fits into the equation, but Comcast is p!ssing me off so I’m about to upgrade to Verizon Fios.

Let me know if it's any better. When I looked into it I had to install all this equipment on the side of my house and still had to have a crappy cable box attached to ever set. And to make things worse the 5 stations or so that I do watch were spread out over different packages so I'd still end up paying about the same as comcast.

10 posted on 06/24/2011 5:52:22 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: abb

http://www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/drama-slump-leaves-networks-scrambling-132845
Drama Slump Leaves Networks Scrambling

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/470185-Media_General_Implements_15_Day_Staffer_Furloughs.php
Media General Implements 15-Day Staffer Furloughs

http://newspaperdeathwatch.com/magazines-givin-it-all-away/
Magazines: Givin’ It All Away

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=152995
Time Out: Media General Institutes Furloughs

http://www.kxlf.com/news/lee-enterprises-restructuring-butte-helena-newspapers/
Lee Enterprises restructuring Butte, Helena newspapers

http://www.mediaweek.co.uk/news/1076525/MailOnline-closes-gap-NYT/
MailOnline closes gap on NYT

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/23/us-viacom-cablevision-idUSTRE75M4XD20110623
Viacom sues Cablevision over iPad streaming

http://business.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/23/sorrell-hits-out-at-facebook-and-google/
Sorrell hits out at Facebook and Google


11 posted on 06/24/2011 5:53:46 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Sporke
I liked TV better when I had 3 channels, and a 4th when the weather cooperated. :)

Ah yes, the days of coat hangers and aluminum foil. Pulling in a distant channel was a real triumph then. How much we've lost when we gained so much.

12 posted on 06/24/2011 5:53:55 AM PDT by rhombus
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cable TV has fallen victim to their own laziness. They have a state authorized monopoly in every area I’ve ever lived. They have no competition and as soon as something new shows up (dish, FiOS etc) they lose customers.

I despised my cable company until we got FiOS and now we have twice the channel line-up, twice the HD selection, great internet and phone service for the cost of just cable tv service offered by ComCrap or Why-Finity.

Now that we’re moving, I’m stuck with ComCrap again because there is no other provider that has been “approved” by the local gubmint. Our new neighborhood is littered with satellite dishes because ComCrap service is “spotty” at best. I’m guessing that as soon as Verizon get the green light to start service in our sub, ComCrap will get on the stick and start servicing.


13 posted on 06/24/2011 5:53:55 AM PDT by newnhdad
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To: bert
Please excuse my ignorance, but what is telco and why is it replacing cable?

Telco and cable are now one and the same, imo. My cable provider (Suddenlink) provides my local and long distance phone service. $30/month, unlimited local and long distance.

14 posted on 06/24/2011 5:56:51 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: PLMerite

it was the best decision we’ve made since we moved here in MD. FiOS kicks butt. Our subdivision was pre-wired for the service so it was easy but I’ve read that they might need to do some digging in places that don’t have the wiring.
We’re looking forward to getting FiOS in our new sub as soon as they can get there. My neighbor across the street and I will throw the installers a party.


15 posted on 06/24/2011 5:57:29 AM PDT by newnhdad
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing; antiRepublicrat

Y’all may want in on this one.


16 posted on 06/24/2011 5:58:32 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: PLMerite

Me too! I have the “triple play” and it’s currently costing me $245 a month. The digital TV gets squirrely at times and goes off on a pixel tangent. I’d love to switch, only problem, I have Embarq as a phone co., they stink.


17 posted on 06/24/2011 5:59:30 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint /Palin, DeMint/Bachmann, DeMint/Cain, DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!!!)
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To: PLMerite
Comcast is p!ssing me off so I’m about to upgrade to Verizon Fios.
Depending on why you're PO'd at Comcast - you may be just as PO'd at Verizon.
I can read 1000s of complaints on-line about my cable provider - Time Warner - yet I've had TW cable and Road Runner for well over ten years and they've never PO'd me (other than price increases).
Just switching providers may not change anything. Good luck ...
18 posted on 06/24/2011 6:02:24 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Sporke

>>I liked TV better when I had 3 channels, and a 4th when the weather cooperated. :)<<

Digital tv screwed all that up, even if you wanted to go “over the air”.


19 posted on 06/24/2011 6:02:33 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: abb

maybe there are more like us, we got tired of increased prices while service decreased in satifaction


20 posted on 06/24/2011 6:05:24 AM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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