Cord cutting has been seeing steady and consistent growth over the last few years. Just like a snowball rolling downhill, cord cutting has been speeding up and getting larger. All of this as cable companies have, at best, see slight growth and most lose subscribers.
So how does cord cutting stack up against the cable companies out there? Well, if cord cutting was a cable company it would be the second-largest cable company in the United States, according to The Wall Street Journal. They recently reported that cord cutting topped 20 million households in December 2015. Compare that number to Charter, Bright House Network, and Time Warner Cable that combined only have 18,421,145 subscribers.
The only cable company that has more subscribers than cord cutters is Comcast with 22,400,000 subscribers. Cord cutting is even larger than Dish Network, which has just 13,909,000 subscribers.
Top 10 Cable Companies
#1 Comcast 22,400,000
#2 Charter (Bright House & TWC) 18,421,145
#3 Cox 4,540,280
#4 Altice (Cablevision & Suddenlink) 3,948,000
#5 Frontier 1,700,000
#6 Mediacom 862,000
#7 WOW! 702,101
#8 RNC 327,631
#9 Atlantic 246,000
#10 Midcontinent 236,250
At this rate it won’t be long before there are more cord cutting households than people who subscribe to Comcast. Cord cutting has a long way to go, but the next time you hear a cable company talk about how small cord cutting is remember how small they really are.
(Last Updated: June 2016)
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