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Satellite Television Terms

satellite dishesDirect to Home (DTH )- Satellite broadcasts intended for home reception. Included in this number is the larger, low frequency, c-band satellite dish totals.

Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) - This number consists of consumer subscriptions to programming packages from the major providers.

Domestic Satellite DTH Numbers

Satellite Subscribers History
  Total DTH Total DBS C-Band DIRECTV DISH ALPHASTAR PRIMESTAR
Jun-94 1,992,808 70,000 1,922,808 N/A N/A N/A 70,000
Dec-94 2,769,665 570,000 2,199,665 320,000 N/A N/A 250,000
Jun-95 3,471,349 1,150,000 2,321,349 650,000 N/A N/A 500,000
Dec-95 4,565,406 2,200,000 2,365,406 1,200,000 N/A N/A 1,000,000
Jun-96 5,286,933 2,950,000 2,336,933 1,600,000 75,000 N/A 1,275,000
Dec-96 6,509,755 4,232,000 2,277,755 2,300,000 350,000 35,000 1,547,000
Jun-97 7,230,472 5,046,000 2,184,472 2,639,000 590,000 51,000 1,766,000
Dec-97 8,400,993 6,287,000 2,113,993 3,301,000 1,040,000 N/A 1,946,000
Jun-98 9,282,394 7,254,169 2,028,225 3,755,000 1,382,000 N/A 2,117,169
Dec-98 10,615,609 8,693,915 1,921,694 4,458,000 1,940,000 N/A 2,295,915
Jun-99 11,750,411 9,967,000 1,783,411 5,296,000 2,597,000 N/A 2,074,000
Dec-99 13,137,000 11,489,000 1,648,000 6,679,000 3,410,000 N/A 1,400,000
Jun-00 14,458,717 12,982,000 1,476,717 8,242,000 4,305,000 N/A 435,000
Dec-00 16,000,012 14,804,000 1,196,012 9,554,000 5,260,000 N/A N/A
Jun-01 16,897,047 15,897,000 1,000,074 9,827,000 6,070,000 N/A N/A
Dec-01 17,890,483 17,048,000 842,483 10,218,000 6,830,000 N/A N/A
Jun-02 18,965,641 18,265,000 700,641 10,740,000 7,525,000 N/A N/A
Dec-02 19,951,089 19,361,000 590,089 11,181,000 8,180,000 N/A N/A
Jun-03 20,859,800 20,360,000 499,800 11,560,000 8,800,000 N/A N/A
Dec-03 22,143,362 21,715,000 428,362 12,290,000 9,425,000 N/A N/A
Jun-04 23,500,766 23,165,000 335,766 13,040,000 10,125,000 N/A N/A
Dec-04 25,105,982 24,845,000 260,982 13,940,000 10,905,000 N/A N/A
Jun-05 26,340,706 26,125,000 215,706 14,670,000 11,455,000 N/A N/A
Dec-05 27,317,587 27,173,000 144,587 15,133,000 12,040,000 N/A N/A
Jun-06 - 27,973,000 - 15,513,000 12,460,000 N/A N/A
Dec-06 - 29,055,000 - 15,950,000 13,105,000 N/A N/A
Jun-07 - 29,905,000 - 16,320,000 13,585,000 N/A N/A
Dec-07 - 30,611,000 - 16,831,000 13,780,000 N/A N/A
Jun-08 - 30,950,000 - 17,160,000 13,790,000 N/A N/A
Dec-08 - 31,299,000 - 17,621,000 13,678,000 N/A N/A
Jun-09 - 31,915,000 - 18,305,000 13,610,000 N/A N/A
Dec-09 - 32,660,000 - 18,560,000 14,100,000 N/A N/A
Jun-10 - 33,078,000 - 18,760,000 14,318,000 N/A N/A
Dec-10 - 33,356,000 - 19,223,000 14,133,000 N/A N/A
Jun-11 - 33,489,000 - 19,433,000 14,056,000 N/A N/A
Dec-11 - 33,852,000 - 19,885,000 13,967,000 N/A N/A
Jun-12 - 33,975,000 - 19,914,000 14,061,000 N/A N/A
Dec-12   34,140,000   20,084,000 14,056,000 N/A N/A

Figures obtained through MediaBiz: Competitive Intelligence www.mediabiz.com.