Following early FY 2018 reporting by the five of the six largest pay TV operators (Comcast, DirecTV, Charter, FiOS, and U-verse), the US pay TV market is on track for the largest drop in penetration in its history. IHS Markit expects pay TV penetration of pay TV homes to decline nearly 4% in 2018, while the next largest loss was in 2017 with slightly more than a 3% drop. AT&T was the largest contributor to the decline in 2018 with its satellite unit losing more than 1.2 million subscribers in the year. Other notable declines in pay TV subscribers included Comcast (-371,000) and Charter (-296,000).
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Erik specializes in pay-TV operators and channels. He has more than 13 years of experience in tracking, modelling, and forecasting the US, Canadian, and Latin American pay-TV landscapes, and the worldwide TV channel business.
Erik is responsible for developing and maintaining key databases that make up the core of the US, Canadian, and Latin American television products for Omdia. He is also responsible for the development of the company’s exhaustive database of worldwide pay-TV channels. In addition, Erik has led many high-visibility consulting projects. His contributions include the development and maintenance of advanced pay-TV provider models and cable network revenue and profit models.
Erik holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz, US.
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