June 28 - There were 56.4 million cable customers last year and even though those numbers are falling cable companies are still willing to fight over them. Conway G. Gittens reports.
The Daily Digit is 56.4 million. That's the number of cable video customers in 2012. That number has been falling steadily since 2001, according to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's website, citing research from SNL Kagan. And even as the number of cable subscribers falls- the battle for who gets those eyeballs may be about to heat up. Time Warner Cable's status as the second biggest US provider- behind Comcast- makes it a prime target- perhaps for Charter Communications according to a Bloomberg report. In addition to getting more subscribers- they would also have new resources to deal with rising programming costs. Time Warner Cable itself working to adapt to the changing landscape: it just announced subscribers will be able to access 300 live TV channels using Microsoft's Xbox 360.