FACTBOX-More subscribers abandon pay-TV in the second quarter

(Adds details on Dish Network) Aug 3(Reuters) - Six of the largest U.S. pay-TV providers posted subscriber losses during the second quarter as younger viewers increasingly cut the cord and moved to "skinny bundles," or cheaper packages with select channels, and internet streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu. Comcast Corp, the biggest cable company, shed 34,000 video subscribers during the quarter, compared with 4,000 customers lost in the prior-year quarter. AT&T Inc lost 351,000 satellite and U-verse customers in the quarter, and although it added 152,000 subscribers to its DirecTV Now streaming service, it was not enough to offset total losses. The following lists the cable companies and the number of pay-TV subscribers lost during the second quarter. The six pay-TV providers lost a total of 723,000 customers.

Company Ticker Change in cable


Altice USA Inc ATUS.N -37,000 AT&T Inc T.N -351,000* Charter CHTR.O -90,000

Communications Inc

Comcast Corp CMCSA.O -34,000 Dish Network Corp. DISH.O -196,000** Verizon VZ.N -15,000

Communications Inc

* Figure does not include DirecTV Now, AT&T Inc's streaming service

** Figure includes Sling TV, Dish Network's streaming service

(Reporting by Sheila Dang; Editing by Dan Grebler andn Bill Trott)