The FCC released a few details of its upcoming report on the state of video competition, which shows that the cable industry continues to lose subscribers to other pay-TV distributors including satellite broadcasters.
From the end of 2010 to June last year, the number of pay-TV subscribers increased slightly to 101 million from 100.8 million, less than a percentage point, the FCC said Friday.
However, cable's share of subscribers fell to 55.7% from 59.3% at the end of 2011.
Satellite TV firms increased their share to 33.6% from 33.1%, but growth was faster for the telecom companies.
The telecom sector boosted its share to 8.4% from 6.9% as companies including AT&T and
Online delivery of television programming is also on the rise. The FCC cited financial information firm SNL Kagan, which estimated the number of households accessing TV through Internet-connected devices may have grown to nearly 42 million in 2012. That would account for more than 35% of TV households.