Cable and Satellite TV’s Year From Hell in a Single Graph

Cord cutters caused largest second-quarter drop in subscriptions, with about 5 million customers ditching their cable and satellite companies

For years, cord-cutting has threatened traditional cable and satellite providers like a slow approaching storm. Now, the floodgates appear to have burst open.

Cable and satellite providers just suffered their worst single-quarter subscriber drop in history, with about 1.5 million customers ditching their service during the second quarter. The ugly period wasn’t an aberration, but rather an acceleration of the pay-TV industry’s continued decline in the last year.

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Sean Burch

Sean Burch

Tech reporter • sean.burch@thewrap.com • @seanb44