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Dish Loses 94,000 Subs In 1Q

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Dish this morning reported that it lost a net of approximately 94,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, compared to a decline of approximately 143,000 in the first quarter of 2017.

Dish’s satellite unit lost approximately 185,000 subs in the quarter while Sling TV, the company’s live streaming service, added approximately 91,000.

The company said its satellite TV service finished the quarter with 10.845 million subscribers while its live streaming service, Sling TV, had 2.303 million paying customers. The combined subscriber total for the company was 13.148 million at the end of the first quarter, compared to 13,528 at the end of the first quarter of 2017.

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With more than two million subscribers, Sling TV is still the clear leader in the live streaming category, based on the number of customers. AT&T says DIRECTV Now finished the first quarter with nearly 1.5 million subscribers.

However, DIRECTV Now added a net of 312,000 customers in the first quarter while Sling added just 91,000.

With Dish now reporting, the top four pay TV operators lost a net of 187,000 video subscribers in the first quarter.

The largest operator, AT&T, which owns DIRECTV, U-verse and DIRECTV Now, added a net of 125,000 video customers in the first quarter. (The number includes DIRECTV Now’s net gain of 312,000 customers as well as DIRECTV’s net loss of 188,000 subs. U-verse added a net of 1,000 subscribers in the quarter.)

Comcast, the second largest, lost a net of 96,000 while Charter, the third largest, lost a net of 122,000 video subscribers.

— Phillip Swann

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5 Comments on Dish Loses 94,000 Subs In 1Q

  1. AColdStArnolds79 // May 8, 2018 at 1:01 pm // Reply

    I thought I was doing a smart thing and got rid of Uverse and phone and internet. That had gone up to $329/month over a period of 6 years. ATT nickel and dimed me to death.
    ot the internet back from ATT for the 50MBPS speed at 40 per month.
    We are streaming Playstation Vue after doing the test on sling, DTVNow, YouTubeTV and HuluTV. PSVUE never buffers at my house and has been reliable.
    Here’s the catch. My $40 internet bill has blossomed to $150-$200/month due to all the data used by 2 TVs tuned to HD content most of the day. Add in $60+ for PS Vue and I’m almost back to where I was. I’ve resorted to hooking the antennae in the attic up to the tVs and get all the locals that way now.
    TV Answer Man can you cover this topic? Does anyone in Houston offer unlimited internet without slowing it way down like ATT does on wireless at 22GB?
    I’m going to have to go back to satellite orcable to get my TV bill back in order. Meanwhile I’m in a 2 year commitment for my internet service.

  2. Are you crazy? T mobile and mant other has unlimited data and wifi unlimited. My bill is 100 per month for two months…. internet is never throttled

  3. No read the fine print. At 22gb they can throttle. Att does that on our phones.
    I was referring to uverse internet in the house. Anon. Don’t think you have a clue.

  4. Have to agree with Ken, Anon is in another world. T-Mobile has NOTHING to do with U-Verse Internet in the HOUSE.
    T-Mobile is a CELL PHONE Outfit. They do NOT offer TV service in the house.

    Getting back to Arnold, Try your Local Cable Company in Houston.
    Don’t know about yours, but many have NO throttling.
    Also check your AT&T U-verse Speed. Unless you are CLOSE to the “BOX” in the street or have “FIBER” wired into your house, you are probably NOT getting 50 MBPS

  5. AColdStArnolds79 // May 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm // Reply

    Uverse doesn’t throttle, they just start charging more when 1 TB of data is used. Comcast does the same.

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