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Dish Loses 143,000 Subs In 1Q

Dish reported today that it lost a net of 143,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, compared to a loss of 23,000 in the 2016 first quarter.

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The subscriber totals include Sling TV subscribers but Dish does not disclose specific sub totals for its live streaming service.

Consequently, Dish’s satellite losses are likely far greater than 143,000 for the quarter because Sling likely had a net addition.

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In the first quarter, DISH activated approximately 547,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers, compared to approximately 657,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers in the prior year’s first quarter.

The company closed the first quarter with 13.528 million Pay-TV subscribers, compared to 13.874 million Pay-TV subscribers at the end of first quarter 2016.

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