List of multiple-system operators

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A multiple-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 of which has 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; Altice USA, Charter Communications, Comcast and Cox Communications in the United States; or Virgin Media in the UK.

Top multichannel video service providers in the United States by number of subscribers[edit]

  • Contains estimates from SNL Kagan.[1]
Rank MSO name Brand Total subscribers Technology
1 AT&T DirecTV Now, DirecTV, and AT&T U-verse 25,172,000[2] Fiber/VDSL/IPTV/Satellite
2 Comcast Xfinity 22,121,000[3] Cable/Fiber/IPTV
3 Charter Communications Spectrum 16,646,000[2] Cable/Fiber/IPTV
4 Dish Network Dish and Sling TV 13,332,000 [2] Satellite/Fiber/IPTV
5 Verizon FiOS 4,666,000[2] Fiber
6 Cox Communications Contour 4,132,000[2] Cable/Fiber/IPTV
7 Altice USA Altice (formerly Optimum, Suddenlink and Lightpath)[2] 3,463,000[2] Cable/Fiber
8 Frontier Communications Frontier FiOS and Vantage TV 961,000[4] Fiber/DSL/IPTV
9 Mediacom Xtream[5] 829,000[6] Cable
10 Cable One Sparklight[7] 796,110 [8] Cable/Fiber
11 TPG (Including RCN, Grande and Wave Broadband)[9] 529,975 [10] Cable
12 WOW! WOW! TV and WOW! Ultra[11] 518,500[12] Cable
13 Atlantic Broadband (includes Metrocast) 410,921[13] Cable
14 Windstream Kinetic 359,000[14] IPTV
15 CenturyLink Prism TV 325,000[15] Fiber/VDSL/IPTV
16 Midco 300,000+[16] Cable
17 Armstrong Cable Services 234,573 Cable
18 Service Electric Cable TV Incorporated 213,058 Cable
19 Blue Ridge Communications 164,796 Cable
20 TDS Telecom TDS TV 145,400[17] Cable/Fiber/IPTV
21 General Communications 140,000 Cable
22 Cincinnati Bell 137,600[18] Fiber
23 Buckeye Broadband 130,954 Cable
24 Consolidated Communications Digital Video Services (DVS) 117,882[19] IPTV
25 Google Fiber 68,715[20] Fiber
26 Hawaiian Telcom 32,000[21] IPTV

Top multichannel video service providers outside of US, by number of subscribers[edit]

Country MSO name # of subscribers
India India ECN DIGITAL 100,000
India India Digicable 150,000
India india DEN Network 25,000,000[citation needed]
India india I-VISION DIGITAL LLP 100,000
India India InCablenet 22,500,000
India India Hathway Cable 22,500,000
Europe Europe Sky 21,000,000
China China Shandong Cable Network 18,000,000[22]
China China Guangdong Cable Network 13,000,000 (2016 figure)[23]
India India Siti Cable 10,525,000
Europe Mainland Europe (7 countries) UPC Broadband[24] 9,100,000
China China Beijing Gehua 5,840,000 [25]
Germany Germany Vodafone Deutschland[26] 8,900,000
China China Shanghai Oriental Cable Net 6,700,000 [27]
Brazil Brazil Net Serviços de Comunicação 5,381,000
United Kingdom United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland Ireland Virgin Media 4,772,800
France France Altice France[28] 3,500,000
South Korea South Korea CJ Hellovision[29] 3,300,000
Japan Japan J:Com 3,300,000[citation needed]
South Korea South Korea T-Broad[30] 3,200,000
Netherlands Netherlands Ziggo[31] 3,017,000
South Korea South Korea C&M 2,700,000[citation needed]
India India Asianet Broadband 2,500,000[32]
Belgium Belgium Telenet 2,300,000
Germany Germany Kabel BW 2,300,000[citation needed]
Canada Canada Rogers Cable 2,295,000
Canada Canada Shaw Communications 2,241,503
Spain Spain Vodafone Spain[33] 1,823,536
Sweden Sweden Com Hem 1,760,000
Switzerland Switzerland Cablecom[34] 1,670,000
Canada Canada Videotron 1,652,200
India India Kerala Vision 1,500,000[35]
Portugal Portugal NOS[36] 1,467,000
United Kingdom United Kingdom BT 1,400,000
Portugal Portugal MEO[36] 1,387,000
Denmark Denmark YouSee A/S 1,200,000
Taiwan Taiwan Kbro 1,150,000[citation needed]
Taiwan Taiwan CNS 1,100,000[citation needed]
Canada Canada Shaw Direct 886,106
Canada Canada Cogeco 859,090
Australia Australia Austar 742,000
Poland Poland Vectra S.A. 740,000[citation needed]
Taiwan Taiwan TBC 700,000
Taiwan Taiwan TFN media 550,000[citation needed]
Canada Canada Eastlink 457,075
Spain Spain Euskaltel 400,000

See also[edit]

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