WarnerMedia marks big growth, while parent company sheds pay TV subscribers

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WarnerMedia was AT&T’s fastest growing division in the second quarter of 2019 — while its pay TV businesses saw dips.

WarnerMedia, which includes HBO, CNN, TNT, TBS, Comedy Central, Warner Bros. and other properties, had $8.35 billion in revenue.

That’s up 5.5% year over year.

Much of that growth was driven by consolidation at Otter Media and boosts in the Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting brands.

However, AT&T announced it lost 778,000 net in DirecTV and U-verse TV customers.

A&T blamed these on increasing competition and customers leaving after promotional discounts expired.

It also lost a net of 168,000 DirecTV Now subscribers. DirecTV Now is a paid streaming version of DirecTV.

This was likely due to price increases and less promotional offers.

AT&T is currently in the midst of a retrans battle with CBS and its O&O stations, which has caused the network to drop off both DirecTV and U-verse in 17 markets.

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