Media & Telecom

AT&T loses fewer premium video subscribers in second quarter

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DirecTV satellite dishes are seen on an apartment roof in Los Angeles, California in this file photo taken May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

July 16 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc (T.N) said on Friday it lost fewer subscribers in its premium video business, which houses satellite TV unit DirecTV, in the second quarter.

The company said in a regulatory filing its premium video subscribers fell by 473,000 in the period, compared with a drop of 887,000 a year earlier. (

Over the years, the satellite TV industry has lost subscribers to online streaming options such as Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) and Inc's (AMZN.O) Prime Video.

The wireless carrier had sold a 30% stake in DirecTV to private equity firm TPG Capital in February, seeking to slow the trend of cord-cutting by investing in customer experience and providing premium video content.

The deal led to the creation of New DirecTV, which includes DirecTV, AT&T TV and web-based TV service U-verse.

Reporting by Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni

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