Time Warner Cable loses 215,000 viewers

United States-based television provider Time Warner Cable lost 215,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to reports. The company, which is one of the largest television service providers in the U.S, has reported these losses amidst a potential bid for takeover by other service providers including Charter Communications, which according to Bloomberg may announce a $62 billion dollar bid for ownership of the company.

While Time Warner is still the second largest organization in the industry, these reported losses may only mean bad news - in the entirety of 2013 Time Warner lost around 825,000 subscribers, up almost 300,000 from 2012. And while other companies may seek to gain a stronger foothold in the market in light of the losses, industry leader Comcast has reported a slight gain in subscribers for the first time in over half a decade.

These losses come even after a significant expansion of the provider, including back in August when they announced their Xbox 360 app, which allows Time Warner subscribers to gain access to and watch over 300 channels such as MTV, HBO, AMC and Comedy Central. 

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Shutterstock - Time Warner headquarters

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(Mozart - Serenade #13 playing in the background) Haa ha haa ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaa haa ha haa ha ha ha ha ha ha haa ha haaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa you suck TWC!

You cut the TV aspect of it but you keep the internet side which they charge more for net only service much like Comcast does. I have Comcast internet only and I pay more for just it vs the tv combo which IMO is bs and shouldn't be like that considering stand alone services.

I've just begun serious investigation into cutting the cable cord but haven't really developed a formal plan to do so. I'll want a digital antenna for OTA local broadcasts, & of course services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu etc. are available.

I'm trying to decide between something like a Roku or Slingbox, or building an HPTC. Any suggestions on the latest & greatest?

Bobs Your Uncle said,
I've just begun serious investigation into cutting the cable cord but haven't really developed a formal plan to do so. I'll want a digital antenna for OTA local broadcasts, & of course services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu etc. are available.

I'm trying to decide between something like a Roku or Slingbox, or building an HPTC. Any suggestions on the latest & greatest?

Throw together an HTPC for the living room and use a Roku in the bedroom.

I have Bright House Network since is somewhat still relate to time warner wonder if Comcast or Charter is coming to my area soon.

I been with time warner for 15 years, last month I took off cable tv and my bill is half the cost now. I kept the 50mbps package and streaming netflix. might downgrade to 20mbps. but eventually im going to cut off time warner all together for alternatives.

Another thing I wonder in general is the number of people "cord shaving", those who aren't completely cutting the cord but are reducing their cable packages and supplementing it with other online video services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, etc).

I know these companies probably don't care if their customers reduce their packages as long as they remain subscribed in some fashion.

That's all they should be, like the telephone service. ISP meddling adds nothing but headaches. It should be relegated to basic utility status as soon as possible.

Same here, looking at the possibility of cutting the coax cord as well and go solely to services such as Netflix, hulu, etc. If they're any smart, they would be trying to re-invent themselves as a streaming service provider and try to get as many studios on board as they can (given their power). Traditional cable TV has seen it's days. I don't think it's going anywhere anytime soon but it's all downhill from here...

Quite a large number. I'm not surprised if leaving for cord-cutting, but I have found their internet to be quite good, though do admit if a fiber alternative was available here I'd probably shift companies.

I like my fiber too. I eat bran muffins in the morning and.....uh... wait... You're talking about a different fiber aren't you? Oops, sorry, my bad.

I will be one of those subscribers pretty soon. I just upgraded to their top tier internet 100/5. Now all I need is a way to get NFL games. A member here directed me to NBA league pass and so that covers me on basketball.

If you are talking about Charter, they are also rolling out 100/7 for business accounts (not residential.) Residential gets 30/4 and 100/5 options only. Business is supposedly rolling out 60/4 and 100/7 at least according to what I've heard.

The 100 mbit options have a forced required fee to have them come out to you which basically only ensures two things: your network is secure, and that it prevents oversaturation. It's in the hundreds of dollars. So stupid.

Charter? We purposely choose an area that was out of Charters territory when building our house. I was talking about the company in the article, Time Warner. I wish these companies would give us better upload speeds though.

JHBrown said,
I will be one of those subscribers pretty soon. I just upgraded to their top tier internet 100/5. Now all I need is a way to get NFL games. A member here directed me to NBA league pass and so that covers me on basketball.

Why such a low upload speed? Is it just that specific tier?
With Xfinity/Comcast up here in NorCal, we get 70/20.

Edited by ians18, Jan 11 2014, 7:25am :

ians18 said,

Why such a low upload speed? Is it just that specific tier?
With Xfinity/Comcast up her in NorCal, we get 70/20.
Keyword, Comcast! Time Warner has always been stingy on the upload.

ians18 said,

Why such a low upload speed? Is it just that specific tier?
With Xfinity/Comcast up here in NorCal, we get 70/20.

I dont get it either.

I had Verizon FiOS and my internet was 25/25... I don't see why they wouldnt offer good upload speeds. Or maybe i'm in the minority that actually accesses his content remotely.

MidTxWRX said,

I dont get it either.

I had Verizon FiOS and my internet was 25/25... I don't see why they wouldnt offer good upload speeds. Or maybe i'm in the minority that actually accesses his content remotely.

Time Warner is a monopoly in the areas they service. In very few areas they compete with Verizon. In most areas they compete with Uverse. Really no incentive to up the upload. They can move at a snails pace if they want to.

Edit: I did an internship their when I first started grad school

All of you complaining about 5mbps upload speeds should try to live with 18/1 on U-Verse and the next best (worst) option is Time Warner with 15/1.

Gary ///M said,
All of you complaining about 5mbps upload speeds should try to live with 18/1 on U-Verse and the next best (worst) option is Time Warner with 15/1.
Gary, why only 15/1? Were are you located?

JHBrown said,
Gary, why only 15/1? Were are you located?

In the main part of Los Angeles. I look out one window and its the Griffith Observatory, look out the other and its Downtown LA. You would think we would have better infrastructure right? lol

That's just the best Time Warner offers in my area.

Gary ///M said,

In the main part of Los Angeles. I look out one window and its the Griffith Observatory, look out the other and its Downtown LA. You would think we would have better infrastructure right? lol

That's just the best Time Warner offers in my area.

Wow, that's strange. Are you underground or aerial(your tap is on the pole or covered green box underground)? I thought they upgraded their whole Los Angeles market a couple years ago. We have a house not to far from you in Valencia and we exercise at Griffith sometimes.

Our Time Warner lines are on a box for all tenants of our building who either have/have not their service. It is located on the outside of the building and as for my U-Verse, it is just the internet only so it comes similarly to DSL through the phone line.

Off topic: I love Valencia for the nice roads and great weather! I have family in Palmdale unfortunately, your area is just really well maintained!