Comcast. DirecTV. FiOS. Guess Which One Gained the Most Subscribers in the Fourth Quarter

Feb 24, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Of Comcast, DirecTV and Verizon’s FiOS, two gained subscribers in the fourth quarter and one lost subcribers.

The big gainer was DirecTV, which said it added 289,000 net new U.S. subscribers in the fourth quarter, up from the 174,000 it gained in the previous quarter, according to Bloomberg.

That was more than both Verizon’s FiOS, which gained 182,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter, and Comcast, which lost 135,000 basic subscribers in the same period, the story notes.

Nevertheless, DirecTV Chief Executive Michael White said subscriber growth may moderate this year, although he expects its U.S. business to keep its market share, the article adds.

DirecTV said fourth-quarter net income was $618 million, compared with a loss of $32 million a year earlier. Sales rose 11%, higher than some analysts had predicted, the story notes.

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