Analyst Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research Group, which pays for access to Nielsen data, confirmed that Nielsen’s latest report indicated a drop of roughly 621,000 ESPN subscribers. But he said it was not unusual as ESPN has seen previous monthly drops of around 500,000 or 600,000 customers.
Wieser also estimated that year-over-year declines stood at 3.1%, in line with the 2% to 4% drops seen since the start of 2014.
“The future of ESPN has been a concern on Wall Street since August 2015 when Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger acknowledged “modest” subscriber losses at the sports network. Disney and other media companies are facing challenges from “cord cutters” who are dropping traditional TV subscriptions for cheaper online options. ”
No shiat. Do the providers really have you by the nards that tightly? While these idiots figure out a way to fleece as much cash as possible from uninterested consumers (who are quickly becoming “interested” as their neighbors and friends cut cords) they are losing their ass…relatively speaking.
There are a bunch of people who are willing to pay for the ability to watch their programs. When the number of those individuals/households hits a tipping point with the cord cutter losses then maybe we will see some streaming packages. What sucks about this is that the sports teams, who caved in to the dump truck full of money the providers/broadcasters presented to the owners, are going to suffer in the long run unless that happens soon.