The statistic presents data on the leading pay TV providers in the United States with the largest number of subscribers in the third quarter of 2016. According to the data collected by Leichtman Research Group, in the third quarter of 2016, DirecTV ranked second, with 20.78 million pay TV subscribers.
Pay TV subscribers in the U.S. - additional information
The number of pay TV subscribers worldwide is projected to pass the one billion mark by 2020, growing from around 920 million in 2014. This increase will have a direct impact in pay TV providers’ revenue, as global pay TV is expected to generate more than 307 billion U.S. dollars in revenues in 2020. Pay TV subscriptions is the main source of revenue in the global TV business, generating more profits than advertising and public funding. As a developed and, according to specialists, nearly saturated market, it is no surprise North America is the most profitable region for pay TV providers. The estimated revenue of pay TV in the region was around 94 billion dollars in 2014. However, this figure is expected to decrease to around 86 billion by 2020. Regions such Asia Pacific and Latin America, on the other hand, are projected to significantly increase their revenue in the coming years.
Despite the growth of other regions, North America, led by the U.S., is forecast to continue to be the largest pay TV market in world. The U.S. is also home of the two largest pay TV providers in the world – the Philadelphia-based Comcast and the California-based DirecTV, recently acquired by the telecom giant AT&T. These two providers are also leaders in the competitive pay TV market in the U.S. in number of subscribers. Comcast Corporation has an average of 22 million subscribers in the U.S., while DirecTV subscribers add up to about 20 million. AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV in July of 2015 did not have a direct impact in the volume of subscriptions, as DirecTV has been able to maintain its number of subscribers fairly consistent throughout 2014 and in the first three quarters of 2015.