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US Networks Customer Growth over Christmas was Boosted by Tablet Sales

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Higher postpaid gross additions combined with improved subscriber churn contributed to a 39% year over year increase of postpaid net additions among the largest of the USA's wireless operators during fourth quarter 2013, according to Fitch Ratings.

Fitch estimates tablets represented 58%, or 1.7 million of the 2.9 million postpaid subscriber units added during fourth-quarter 2013. In aggregate, postpaid gross additions among the largest wireless service providers increased 3.2% during fourth-quarter 2013 to approximately 11.2 million units.

Fitch estimates the largest video service providers added approximately 44,000 video subscribers during 2013, led by AT&T with 923,000 new video customers. The largest cable MSOs lost approximately 1.6 million video subscribers during 2013 including Time Warner Cable's 825,000 video subscriber declines.

Fitch calculated the subscriber base of the largest U.S. based multichannel video programming distributors at 91.6 million, as of Dec. 31, 2013. The largest cable MSOs accounted for approximately 46.6 million video subscribers, representing 50.8% of video subscribers among the largest multichannel video programming distributors.

Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service providers totaled approximately 34.3 million video customers (37.5% of video subscribers) and the large telephone companies had more than 10.7 million video subscribers (11.7% of video subscribers).

The telephone companies gained 160bp of the multichannel video subscriber market in 2013, as the cable MSOs lost 200bp of the market share.

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