2 Comments

Summary:

Comcast is the leading broadband provider in the U.S., and the second quarter only enhanced its lead. It added 187,000 new customers and made a whopping $2.56 billion from its broadband business during the quarter ending June 30, 2013.

Comcast
photo: AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac

The future of cable companies is broadband, and they know it. Comcast on Wednesday reported its second-quarter financials, which were solid if not spectacular like Facebook’s earnings. The company reported revenues of $16.27 billion for the three months ending June 30, 2013, up 7 percent from the same quarter a year ago, when it brought in $15.21 billion.

Comcast speed upgradeBut for me the telling part of the news was the continued growth in its broadband customer base, the importance of that line of business to Comcast, and the ongoing trend of cord cutting.

Comcast reported that it had 187,000 net new additions to its broadband customer base during the three months, bringing the total to 19.986 million customers. A year ago, the company had 18.738 million customers — that is a gain of 1.248 million customers. During the three month period ending June 30, 2013, Comcast had high-speed revenues of $2.569 billion, up from $2.38 billion in the three month period ending June 2012.

During the fist six months of 2013, the broadband business brought in $5.092 billion, up 8.3 percent from $4.703 billion in the same six-month period last year.

The company also lost 159,000 video customers during the quarter — and is down 342,000 customers from a year ago. The video revenues inched up 3.2 percent to $10.288 billion, probably from price hikes to mask the decline in customers.

Customers Net Adds
(in thousands) 2Q12 2Q13 2Q12 2Q13
Video Customers 22,118 21,776 (176 ) (159 )
High-Speed Internet Customers 18,738 19,986 156 187
Voice Customers 9,664 10,327 158 161
Combined Video, HSI and Voice Customers 50,521 52,089 138 189
  1. My working theory is platform and network businesses (Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Pinterest, etc) will become the new cable companies in eyes of a user.

    In case of Facebook, the dumb pipe = Open Graph distribution. Smart pipe = native content distribution.

    Would make sense for Facebook to be cutting Sumsung/Jay-Z deals to own the pre-distribution of movies and music. 5-day advance on Facebook, pay $x, get access before everyone else.

    Facebook has smart distribution pipe for this.

    Social signals are the new broadcast.

    Just the beginning.

    Share
  2. My working theory is platform and network businesses (Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Pinterest, etc) will become the new cable companies in eyes of a user.

    In case of Facebook, the dumb pipe = Open Graph distribution. Smart pipe = native content distribution.

    Would make sense for Facebook to be cutting Samsung/Jay-Z deals to own the pre-distribution of movies and music. 5-day advance on Facebook, pay $x, get access before everyone else.

    Facebook has smart distribution pipe for this.

    Social signals are the new broadcast.

    Just the beginning.

    Share

Comments have been disabled for this post