Dish Lost 152,000 Sling TV Subscribers in 2022
February 23, 2023
Dish Feb. 23 reported its lost 152,000 Sling TV subscribers in the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2022, to end the year with 2.334 million subscribers, down from 2.486 million subs at the end of 2021.
The decrease in net Sling subscribers was primarily related to higher churn (subscribers not renewing the service) following seasonal sports activity and lower new subscriber activations.
“We continue to experience increased competition, including competition from other subscription VOD and live-linear, over-the-top video service providers,” Dish said in a statement.
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The Colorado-based satellite pay-TV operator launched Sling in 2015 as a pioneering $20 monthly online pay-TV service — the first platform to offer standalone access to ESPN outside the traditional pay-TV bundle.
Disney-owned Hulu + Live TV leads the online pay-TV market with 4.5 million monthly subscribers, ahead of YouTube TV, Philo, FuboTV and DirecTV Stream, among others.
Dish ended 2022 with 7.416 million legacy satellite subscribers, which was down 805,000 subs from 8.221 million subs at the end of 2021.