AT&T Points To DirecTV Now Subs In Q4 As Traditional Pay TV Slips

AT&T says that its DirecTV Now streaming service attracted more than 200,000 customers in Q4 — which helped to offset a loss of 27,000 traditional pay TV customers at DirecTV and U-verse.

The telco’s overall results were pretty much as expected. It generated $2.44 billion in net income in quarterly earnings reported today, down 39.2% vs the period last year, on revenues of $41.84 billion, down 0.7%.

The top line was a little shy of the $42.04 billion analysts expected. Adjusted earnings at 66 cents a share hit Wall Street’s target. AT&T shares were up less than 1% in post-market trading.

The DirecTV Now launch was part of “a transformational year” for the company, which has agreed to pay $85 billion for Time Warner, CEO Randall Stephenson says.

He adds that its “5G evolution plans and improved spectrum position are paving the way for the next-generation of super-fast mobile and fixed networks. And we shook-up the industry with our landscape-changing deal to acquire Time Warner, the logical next step in our strategy to bring together world-class content with best-in-class distribution which will drive innovation and more choice for consumers.”

The company predicts that consolidated revenues will grow by a low single-digit percentage this year with adjusted EPS up “in the mid-single digit range.”

At the Entertainment Group, DirecTV added 235,000 subscribers, bringing its total video customers to 21.0 million. But that was offset by U-verse’s 262,000 loss, for  a total of 4.3 million.

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