NPD Group backtracks on data suggesting that HBO and Showtime are declining

The NPD Group retracted a recent media release about subscriber trends for premium pay TV networks Wednesday. In its original release, which Gigaom covered, NPD had said that networks like HBO and Showtime have seen a six percent subscriber decline over the last two years. The networks protested, causing NPD to take another look at the data and determine it wasn’t quite as clear-cut.

From a statement sent out Wednesday:

“The data used for the press release pertains to aggregate results for all premium TV channels and does indicate that the overall number of subscribers has declined, based on a representative sample of the U.S. population.  However, upon further examination of the results, there is data supporting the conclusion that individual subscribers are either subscribing to more channels, or adding channels over time.  In that case, faithful premium channel subscribers are becoming more so – which would be consistent with the subscription increases being reported by individual channels.”