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Peacock experienced significant growth with 4 million new subscribers but suffered a substantial $565 million loss during the 3rd quarter of 2023, highlighting a complex financial performance for the streaming platform.
In its recent 3rd quarter 2023 earnings report, Comcast revealed a mixed performance, with an ongoing decline in TV customers but notable growth in its streaming platform, Peacock. Despite a 490,000 drop in TV subscribers, Peacock gained substantial ground by adding 4 million new subscribers, resulting in a total of 28 million subscribers. However, this success was overshadowed by a significant $565 million loss for Peacock during the same period.
Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, Brian L. Roberts, highlighted the company’s ability to maintain a strong financial position, emphasizing a strategic emphasis on innovation, financial discipline, and consistent execution.
Notably, the company achieved double-digit Adjusted EPS growth, experienced solid revenue growth in its connectivity businesses, and improved Adjusted EBITDA margins at Connectivity & Platforms. Additionally, Comcast reported record-high Adjusted EBITDA at Theme Parks and significant success with the biopic “Oppenheimer,” surpassing $900 million in worldwide box office, becoming the highest-grossing biopic to date.
Despite overall advertising revenue facing a decline due to lower network revenue, Comcast noted a surge in advertising revenue specifically from Peacock, which helped offset the drop.
This positive trend was further augmented by Peacock’s recent acquisition of exclusive rights to a selection of Big Ten football and basketball games, through its new Big Ten sports package deal. This move has proven instrumental in attracting more subscribers seeking access to live games featuring their favorite teams.
As Comcast continues to grapple with challenges in its traditional TV subscriber base, the company’s strategic investment in Peacock’s content and exclusive sports offerings appears to be a key driver of growth. With a steadfast commitment to innovation and financial prudence, Comcast aims to maintain its competitive edge in the evolving media landscape.