AT&T reported a net loss of 627,000 television subscribers in the first quarter of 2019, including 544,000 premium television subscribers and 83,000 DIRECTV NOW customers. That represents a loss of over 2.5% of its total television subscriber base in a quarter.
AT&T had a total of 22.36 million premium television subscribers and 1.51 million to the DIRECTV NOW online service at the end of the first quarter of 2019. The total of 23.87 million is down 1.50 million over a year.
After a rapid rise in subscribers since its launch, DIRECTV NOW has lost 350,000 in six months, wiping out most of the gains of the first half of the year.
Comcast reported a loss of 107,000 residential cable video customers, taking its total in the United States to 20.85 million, which is 358,000 fewer than a year previously.
Verizon reported 4.40 million Fios video subscribers at the end of the first quarter, a net quarterly loss of 53,000 and almost 200,000 lost over a year.
Between them, AT&T, Comcast and Verizon lost 787,000 television subscribers in three months, which represents a loss of 1.58% of their combined subscriber base.
AT&T gained 45,000 residential broadband subscribers, while Comcast added 352,000, and Verizon added 52,000 Fios fibre connections but lost 40,000 other internet customers.
The informitv Multiscreen Index shows a gain of just over 2 million television subscribers worldwide in the last quarter of 2018, an increase of 0.46% over the quarter.
There was a fall of 0.67 million in North, Central and South America. The Europe, Middle East and Africa gained 2.01 million.
45 of the 100 services in the Multiscreen Index reported net subscriber gains in the quarter. The total of 451.07 million subscribers represented in the index was down by just under a million on a year previously but up by 21.65 million over two years.