Multiple-system operator

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A multiple-system operator or multi-system operator (MSO) is an operator of multiple cable or direct-broadcast satellite television systems. A cable system in the United States, by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) definition, is a facility serving a single community or a distinct governmental entity, each with its own franchise agreement with the cable company. Though in the strictest sense any cable company that serves multiple communities is an MSO. The term today is usually reserved for companies that own a large number of cable systems, such as Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications, and Videotron in Canada; Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable in the United States; or Virgin Media in the UK.

Top 25 Multichannel Video Service Providers In USA by number of subscribers[edit]

  • Contains estimates from SNL Kagan.[1]
Rank MSO Name Total Subscribers Technology
1 Comcast 21,995,000 Cable
2 DirecTV 20,080,000 Satellite
3 Dish Network Corporation 14,056,000 Satellite
4 Time Warner Cable, Inc. 12,218,000 Cable
5 Verizon Communications Inc. 4,726,000 Fiber
6 Cox Communications, Inc. 4,540,280 Cable
7 AT&T 4,536,000 Fiber
8 Charter Communications, Inc. 4,158,000 Cable
9 Cablevision Systems Corporation 3,197,000 Cable
10 Bright House Networks, LLC 2,013,145 Cable
11 Suddenlink Communications 1,211,200 Cable
12 Mediacom Communications Corporation 1,000,000 Cable
13 WOW! (f.k.a. WideOpenWest) 702,101 Cable
14 Cable One, Inc. 593,615 Cable
15 RCN Corporation 327,631 Cable
16 Atlantic Broadband Group, LLC 247,792 Cable
17 Midcontinent Communications 236,250 Cable
18 Armstrong Cable Services 234,573 Cable
19 CenturyLink 215,000[2] Fiber
20 Service Electric Cable TV Incorporated 213,058 Cable
21 Metrocast Cablevision 164,921 Cable
22 Blue Ridge Communications 164,796 Cable
23 WaveDivision Holdings, LLC 152,975 Cable
24 General Communications 140,000 Cable
25 Buckeye CableSystem 130,954 Cable
26 Grande Communications 92,667 Cable

Top Multichannel Video Service Providers Outside of USA by number of subscribers[edit]

Country MSO Name # of Subscribers
India DEN Networks 52,300,000
India Digi Cable 32,500,000
China Shandong Cable 25,000,000
India InCablenet 22,500,000
India Hathway Cable 22,500,000
India Siti Cable 22,525,000
EMEA UPC Broadband (9 in Europe)[3] 9,100,000
China Beijing Gehua 9,000,000
Germany Kabel Deutschland[4] 8,900,000
China Shanghai OCN 6,000,000
Brazil Net Serviços de Comunicação 5,381,000
UK Virgin Media 4,772,800
France Numericable[5] 3,500,000
Korea, South CJ Hellovision[6] 3,300,000
Japan J:Com 3,300,000
Korea, South T-Broad[7] 3,200,000
Netherlands Ziggo[8] 3,017,000
Korea, South C&M 2,700,000
Belgium Telenet 2,300,000
Germany Kabel BW 2,300,000
Canada Rogers Cable 2,295,000
Canada Shaw Communications 2,241,503
Spain ONO[9] 1,823,536
Sweden Com Hem 1,760,000
Switzerland Cablecom[10] 1,670,000
Canada Videotron 1,652,200
China Jinan Cable Network 1,300,000
Denmark YouSee A/S 1,200,000
Taiwan Kbro 1,150,000
Taiwan CNS 1,100,000
Canada Star Choice 886,106
Canada Cogeco 859,090
Australia Austar 742,000
Poland Vectra S.A. 740,000
Taiwan TBC 700,000
Taiwan TFN media 550,000
India (Mumbia) J P R Channel 120,000

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