Game of what? TV viewers ditch HBO as they flock to Netflix

Gigaom

Update, added on 1/22: The NPD Group retracted part of the data used for this story because it implied that individual subscriber numbers for networks like HBO and Showtime were declining. Instead, NPD is now saying that the aggregate number of households subscribing to these kinds of channels are declining, while some households are subscribing to more premium channels than before, resulting in overall increased subscriber counts. Check here for additional details.

Netflix (S NFLX) has long said that its biggest competitor is HBO, and there is new evidence that it is winning that race, even if you look at the bigger picture and include other HBO-like channels: New numbers from the NPD Group show that the number of households who subscribe to premium TV channels like HBO and Showtime declined by six percent over the last two years. The number of households who subscribe to online video services likeā€¦

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