FACTBOX-U.S. TV viewers keep cutting the cord in fourth quarter

Feb 8 (Reuters) - Four U.S. pay-TV providers said they lost a total of 272,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter and a total of 1.5 million in 2017 as customers opted for online streaming services like Netflix Inc and Hulu. AT&T Inc, the largest U.S. pay-TV provider, said it lost 207,000 traditional video subscribers in the quarter ended Dec. 31 as more consumers dropped their pay-TV packages, or cut the cord. Meanwhile, Comcast Corp said it lost 38,000 residential video customers. The following lists the pay-TV providers and the number of subscriber losses in the fourth quarter (NOTE: Altice USA Inc and Dish Network Corp have not yet reported results):

Company Ticker Change in cable


AT&T Inc -207,000 (excludes

DirecTV Now)

Charter Communications 2,000


Comcast Corp -38,000 Verizon Communications -29,000


(Reporting by Anjali Athavaley; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)