NPD report on premium cable subscriber losses in dispute

|By:, SA News Editor

A report from NPD which pegged premium cable subscription growth in a 6% decline has the industry issuing fierce rebuttals.

HBO (TWX), Showtime (CBS), and Starz (STRZA) have all released data showing significant subscriber gains.

By the subscriber numbers: Starz +1.2M to 22M in the 12 months leading up to the end of Q3; HBO +1.9M in 2012; Showtime 22.8M subscribers at the end of Q3.

NPD pulled the disputed report off its website as it investigates its methodology.