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Broadband Users Now Outnumber Cable Users at Top Cable Companies
by Karl Bode 04:45PM Friday Aug 15 2014
Earlier this month Moody's investment service predicted that the cable industry's broadband subscribers should pass the total number of cable industry TV customers sometime next year. But according to the latest data from Leichtman Research Group, that has already happened -- at least when analyzing subscriber data from the largest cable operators.

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According to Leichtman, the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the country -- representing about 93% of the market -- acquired roughly 385,000 net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the second quarter of 2014.

For cable operators, the number of broadband subscribers exceeded the number of cable TV subscribers for the first time ever -- with about 49,915,000 broadband subscribers at the end of 2Q 2014, compared to about 49,910,000 cable TV subscribers, notes Leichtman.

"With the addition of more than 30 million broadband subscribers over the past decade, cable providers have clearly expanded well beyond their roots in cable TV service," notes company president Bruce Leichtman. "As of the end of 2Q 2014, the top cable providers now have more broadband subscribers than cable TV subscribers."

While phone companies have made great inroads in TV services the last few years, cable providers continue to eat the phone companies' lunch when it comes to broadband. The top cable companies accounted for 99% of the net broadband additions for the quarter versus the top telephone companies (in part because AT&T and Verizon are backing away from DSL markets they don't want to upgrade).

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RWSI

join:2012-11-27
Albuquerque, NM

Clairavoince

I'm betting people are getting tired of being bombed with advertizing with little media output. Cable programmers and producers just don't get it. I'm one that wants any video anytime from the Internet.
If there is a little advertising I don't mind but the minute it starts blasting ads I'm gone. The Jetsons age is coming or maybe already here. Technology is going to get better and eventually give us what we want. But until then I will continue being a cord cutter.

novaflare
The Dragon Was Here
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join:2002-01-24
Barberton, OH

Re: Clairavoince

Can't blame your cable etc provider for the ads mostly though as that comes from the networks. Net flix etc can do what they do as they are basically rerunning the eps and do insert ads just not as much.

tshirt
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and since this thread is about broadband...
It's good that cable providers can serve both broadband and broadcast about equally and are handling the transition between the 2 worlds gracefully, better than most other wide spread technologies (phone, satellite, fixed and mobile wireless)
and cable can easily expand their plant(when permitted to do so) and transition to fiber or X at the right time.

batman

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Re: Clairavoince

said by tshirt:

and since this thread is about broadband...
It's good that cable providers can serve both broadband and broadcast about equally and are handling the transition between the 2 worlds gracefully, better than most other wide spread technologies (phone, satellite, fixed and mobile wireless) and cable can easily expand their plant(when permitted to do so) and transition to fiber or X at the right time.

And expect to see broadband prices rise as users drop or shrink TV packages and do more streaming. Soon, broadband will not only be the bigger part of a cable companies customer numbers, but their profits as well.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
I've always thought cable had the best position. The coax plant, shielded with bi-directional amplifiers, is so much more capable than copper. They can slowly push fiber toward the customer rather than incur the significant costs of FTTH like Verizon and Google.

I've also contemplated if the typical buried coax run between pedestals (the thick coax) would tolerate a method that inserted a fiber strand and whether or not this would lower costs as opposed to typical trench free methods.

Jim_in_VA

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Cobbs Creek, VA
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I'm Broadband only

with my cable provider. Their TV offering sucks. I use Dish for that, love their DVR and Sling products. Truly TV Everywhere on any device.
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Flyonthewall

@206.248.154.x

Future is bleak

Two providers, one for wireless service, probably AT&T or Verizon, and one for broadband internet, on the cable. Hello Comcast.....

Market is trying to make themselves into monopolies again.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Big Whoop

Now there's more people with cable HSI and satellite TV than DSL and cable TV. Most cable TV and telco TV subs get their internet from the same provider as well...

fiosultimate

join:2014-06-09
San Antonio, TX

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monopolies

Monopolies work, who would have thought it?
grabacon9

join:2013-08-21

What do they expect?

A Handout? They keep raising rates thinking everybody is filthy rich. If they keep doing the same on Internet, people are going to do the same. You can't keep getting rich without consequences. Money doesn't grow on trees. Look at Wal-Mart. Profit Outlook is going down too now.
floydb1982

join:2004-08-25
Kent, WA

What is so wrong with TV anyhow

I just don't know what is so wrong with paid television. I mean I'm paying for a Comcast cable television package and I fell I am getting my moneys worth.

v6movement

@206.51.28.x

Re: What is so wrong with TV anyhow

said by floydb1982:

I just don't know what is so wrong with paid television. I mean I'm paying for a Comcast cable television package and I fell I am getting my moneys worth.

and there are tons of people who think they're not getting their moneys worth. This isn't rocket science. Cable TV is so overpriced. This should be common sense.

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Re: What is so wrong with TV anyhow

if you want great TV entertainment, you won't get it OTA. The big 3 offer nothing but crap. HBO,AMC,History,Disc ...there is where the good shows are
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v6movement

@206.51.28.x

Re: What is so wrong with TV anyhow

said by Jim_in_VA:

if you want great TV entertainment, you won't get it OTA. The big 3 offer nothing but crap. HBO,AMC,History,Disc ...there is where the good shows are

If you could get those channels at a reasonable price standalone then maybe, but the way things are bundled they're definitely not worth it.