'Dish-Cutting' Outpaces Cord-Cutting, How Cable Is Becoming A Dumb Pipe

The media industry loves to use the term “cord-cutting,” but a new analysis from Wall Street firm UBS might suggest a better term, “dish-cutting,” as in satellite dish.

The U.S. video and broadband “snapshot” published today by the equities research team shows that while traditional pay TV subscribers continued to erode during the second quarter of 2018, most of it came not from cable providers, or telcos, but from satellite operators.

One reason why might be the fact that cable operators also provide those subscribers with something they need to access streaming TV and video services: broadband.

While cable operators did lose some pay TV subscribers during the quarter, it was more than offset by the growth in their broadband subscriber base.


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