Here's what's moving and shaking in broadband and cable.
The number of multichannel video households in the U.S. eclipsed 100.4 million in 2012, a slight increase over 2011, but it was not enough to keep up with overall household growth, according to SNL Kagan. With 974,000 new households in 2012 and only 46,000 new video subs, service penetration effectively dropped year over year. SNL Kagan estimates that the U.S. cable TV universe dipped slightly, to 56.4 million subscribers nationwide, while satellite rose to 34.1 million, and the telcos improved to 9.9 million video subs.
The SNL Kagan report roughly confirms the results of a recent Leichtman Research Group study. Those findings covered only the top 13 multichannel video providers in the country, but found a similar dip in cable subs and small increases for satellite and telco providers. (See Good News/Bad News For Cable TV.)