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Released: July 19, 2013

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

July 19, 2013
Janice Wise (202) 418-8165
Email: janice.wise@fcc.gov

FCC ADOPTS 15TH REPORT ON THE STATUS OF

COMPETITION IN THE MARKET FOR THE DELIVERY OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING

NEWS
Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th Street, S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D. C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

July 19, 2013
Janice Wise (202) 418-8165
Email: janice.wise@fcc.gov

FCC ADOPTS 15TH REPORT ON THE STATUS OF

COMPETITION IN THE MARKET FOR THE DELIVERY OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING

Washington, D.C. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today adopted its 15th Report to
Congress on the status of competition in the market for the delivery of video programming. The Report,
which covers 2011 and 2012, measures the market's progress toward increasing competition and diversity
in multichannel video programming distribution, increasing the availability of satellite delivered
programming, and spurring the development of communications technologies.
The 15th Report adopts the analytic framework of the 14th Report. Under this framework, the Commission
categorizes entities that deliver programming into one of three groups: multichannel video programming
distributors (MVPDs), broadcast television stations, and online video distributors (OVDs). The Report
describes each group's structure, business strategies and performance. It also addresses video content
creators, consumer behavior, and consumer equipment.
The trends found since the 14 th Report show continued deployment of digital technology, sustained
consumer demand for access to video programming anywhere and anytime, an increased number of
households with access to four MVPDs as telephone companies extend their video systems, and an
increased number of online video providers who are entering the market as well as developing original
content.
Specifically, the Commission found that, among other things:
The number of MVPD subscribers grew from 100.8 million to 101.0 million households between
year-end 2010 and June 2012. During this period, cable's share of MVPD subscribers fell from
59.3 percent of all MVPD video subscribers at the end of 2011 to 55.7 percent at the end of June
2012.
Between year-end 2010 and June 2012, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) MVPDs and telephone
MVPDs gained both video subscribers and market share.
o DBS MVPDs accounted for 33.1 percent of all MVPD subscribers in 2010, increasing to
33.6 percent at the end of June 2012.

o Telephone MVPDs represented approximately 6.9 percent of all MVPD subscribers in
2010, increasing to an estimated 8.4 percent in 2011. At the end of June 2012, AT&T's
U-verse and Verizon's FiOS services combined had 8.6 million video subscribers.

Since the last report, the number of households relying exclusively on over-the-air broadcast
service has remained steady at approximately 11.1 million households, although the percentage of
all households they represent increased slightly from 9.6 percent in 2011 to 9.7 percent in 2012.
While the OVD industry is still evolving, OVDs continue to expand the amount of video content
available to consumers through original programming and new licensing agreements with
traditional content creators.
Viewing of OVDs' video programming on television sets is becoming increasingly prevalent.
For example, one source, SNL Kagan, estimated by the end of 2012 the number of Internet-
connected television households (i.e., accessed via an Internet-enabled game console, OVD set-
top box, television set, or Blu-ray player) would have grown to 41.6 million, or 35.4 percent of all
television households.
Action by the Commission July 19, 2013, by Fifteenth Report (FCC 13-99). Acting Chairwoman
Clyburn, Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai with Acting Chairwoman Clyburn, Commissioners
Rosenworcel and Pai issuing statements.
For further information, contact Marcia Glauberman (202-418-7046; marcia.glauberman@fcc.gov) or
Dan Bring (202-418-2164; danny.bring@fcc.gov). Press contact: Janice Wise (202-418-8165;
janice.wise@fcc.gov).
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