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Cable Television and Direct Broadcast Satellite Systems

SIC 4841 | NAICS 515210

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Cable TV Providers  (view report)
Satellite TV Providers  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Industry Data
Data section provides a statistical overview of the cable business, with statistics provided including annual revenue, number of companies, number of customers by type of service, service availability, infrastructure capital expenditures, and more. All information can be viewed free online.

Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association
Industry Overview
Topics covered in the overview section include U.S. satellite direct-to-home (DTH) and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) subscriber statistics, satellite technology, consumer satellite product overview, satellite programming, and satellite HDTV. All information can be viewed free online.

First Research
TV Broadcast and Cable Networks

First Research profiles provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with content sections including industry overview, recent developments, issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmarking information, and 5-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated monthly; sample report is available online.

SNL Financial, LLC
TV Networks / U.S. Multichannel / USMultichannel
Subscription research service provides in-depth coverage of the cable TV network business, with research studies available from this service including the "Economics of Basic Cable Networks", "Benchmarking Cable Network Financial Statistics", and "Broadband Cable Financial Databook". Summary descriptions of studies and other research available from this service can be viewed free online.

Mintel Group Ltd.
Pay TV - US
Market research report provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. pay TV market, with topics covered including market size and forecast, market drivers, competitive context, segment performance (e.g., cable, satellite, telecos), leading companies, marketing strategies, subscription status, bundling, premium channels, and more. Detailed table of contents which includes key points from the report can be viewed free online

Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys
Broadcasting & Cable
Standard & Poor's survey provides in-depth coverage for this media sector, with topics covered including current business environment; industry profile, trends, and operations; how to analyze a company; key ratios and statistics; additional references; and comparative company analysis. Sample report is available online.

GIA Research
Direct-To-Home Satellite TV Services
Comprehensive report provides in-depth analysis of the direct-to-home satellite TV services market in the U.S. and other countries, with topics covered including direct-to-home market overview, recent corporate activity, product developments and introductions, key company profiles, and global market perspective. Summary description and detailed table of contents are available free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Cable Television and Direct Broadcast Satellite Systems  Search for "515210"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

RMA Annual Statement Studies
Cable and Other Subscription Programming  Search for "515210"
Annual financial statement analysis includes common-size income statements and balance sheets and key financial ratios for this companies in this media sector. Report includes five years of historical data with the most recent year's data broken out by sales and assets size range. Sample report is available online.

Compensation Surveys

Cable and Satellite MSO Survey
Annual compensation survey provides executive and employee compensation data for multiple systems operators (MSOs), with base salary and total compensation for each job position broken out by length of employee tenure, geographic region and subregion, location (urban or rural), and specialty (residential or residential and commercial). Sample position data from the survey is accessible online.

Business Valuation Resources