Multiple-system operator

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A multiple-system operator or multi-system operator (MSO) is an operator of multiple cable or direct-broadcast satellite television systems. A cable system in the United States, by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) definition, is a facility serving a single community or a distinct governmental entity, each with its own franchise agreement with the cable company. Though in the strictest sense any cable company that serves multiple communities is thus an MSO, the term today is usually reserved for companies that own a large number of cable systems, such as Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Comcast, Charter Communications and Cox Communications in the United States, Rogers Communications, Videotron and Shaw Communications in Canada or Virgin Media in the UK.

Top 25 Multichannel Video Service Customers In USA by number of subscribers for 2012[edit]

RankMSO NameTotal SubscribersTechnology
1Comcast21,995,000Cable
2DirecTV20,080,000Satellite
3Dish Network Corporation14,056,000Satellite
4Time Warner Cable, Inc.12,218,000Cable
5Verizon Communications Inc.4,726,000Fiber
6Cox Communications, Inc.4,540,280Cable
7AT&T4,536,000Fiber
8Charter Communications, Inc.4,158,000Cable
9Cablevision Systems Corporation3,197,000Cable
10Brighthouse Networks, LLC2,013,145Cable
11Suddenlink Communications1,211,200Cable
12MediaCom Communications Corporation1,000,000Cable
13WOW! (f.k.a. WideOpenWest)702,101Cable
14Cable One, Inc.593,615Cable
15RCN Corporation327,631Cable
16Atlantic Broadband Group, LLC247,792Cable
17Midcontinent Communications236,250Cable
18Armstrong Cable Services234,573Cable
19Service Electric Cable TV Incorporated213,058Cable
20CenturyLink175,000[2]Fiber
21Metrocast Cablevision164,921Cable
22Blue Ridge Communications164,796Cable
23WaveDivision Holdings, LLC152,975Cable
24General Communications140,000Cable
25Buckeye Cablesystem130,954Cable
26Grande Communications92,667Cable

Top Multichannel Video Service Customers Outside of USA by number of subscribers[edit]

CountryMSO Name# of Subscribers
IndiaDEN Networks52,300
IndiaDigi Cable32,500,000
ChinaShandong Cable25,000,000
IndiaIN Cable22,500,000
IndiaHathway Cable22,500,000
IndiaSiti Cable22,525,000
EMEAUPC Broadband (9 in Europe)[3]9,100,000
ChinaBeijing Gehua9,000,000
GermanyKabel Deutschland[4]8,900,000
ChinaShanghai OCN6,000,000
BrazilNet Serviços de Comunicação5,381,000
UKVirgin Media4,772,800
FranceNumericable[5]3,500,000
Korea, SouthCJ Hellovision[6]3,300,000
JapanJ:Com3,300,000
Korea, SouthT-Broad[7]3,200,000
NetherlandsZiggo[8]3,017,000
Korea, SouthC&M2,700,000
BelgiumTelenet2,300,000
GermanyKabel BW2,300,000
CanadaRogers Cable2,295,000
CanadaShaw Communications2,241,503
SpainONO[9]1,823,536
SwedenCom Hem1,760,000
SwitzerlandCablecom[10]1,670,000
CanadaVideotron1,652,200
ChinaJinan Cable Network1,300,000
DenmarkYouSee A/S1,200,000
TaiwanKbro1,150,000
TaiwanCNS1,100,000
CanadaStar Choice886,106
CanadaCogeco859,090
AustraliaAustar742,000
PolandVectra S.A.740,000
TaiwanTBC700,000
TaiwanTFN media550,000
India (Mumbia)J P R Channel120,000

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