Comcast continues to dominate the MSO landscape, with 20.1 million subs in the top 40 markets, almost three times the total of the second-largest cable operator, Time Warner, which counts 7.8 million in those DMAs.
That's according to the latest SNL Kagan Survey released Thursday, which noted there has been relatively little trading or merging among the big players over the last few years. To that end, the researcher said only 500,000 subcribers traded hands in 2007-2008 compared to 9.4 million during 2005-2006.
The company said there has been more trading among smaller MSOs to cluster for more efficiency.
Rounding out the top sub count leaders in the top 40 markets: Cablevision (3.1 million), Charter (2.8 million), Bright House (2.2 million), "other" (2.02 million), Cox (2.00 million), Insight (201,000) and Mediacom (176,000).