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Sling TV Loses Subscribers for the First Time, Now Down to 2.59 Million Users

Stephanie Sengwe

In their Q4 2019 earnings report today, Dish announced their live streaming service, Sling TV, lost 94,000 subscribers, the first recorded loss since the service launched in 2015. Sling TV is now down to 2.59 million subscribers after reporting they reached 2.69 million subscribers in the third quarter last year.

Sling TV is now the second largest vMVPD, coming behind Hulu Live TV, which is at 3.2 million subscribers. The service still maintains a leg up over YouTube TV, which recently surpassed 2 million users. Sling TV also remains ahead of AT&T TV NOW, which lost an additional 219,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter, while fuboTV was last reported at 300,000.

In December, Sling TV increased the price of their Sling Blue and Sling Orange plans to $30 just before the end of the year. This was the first time Sling increased the price of Sling Blue and the first increase to Sling Orange since June 2018 (from $20 a month).

For those with Sling Blue, while the service is still without Fox Regional Sports Networks, Sling added Fox News, MSNBC and HLN as part of the $30 plan. However, leaving the plan were FS2 (moved to Sling Blue Sports Extra), FXX (moved to Sling Blue Hollywood Extra) and Nat Geo Wild (moved to Sling Blue Heartland Extra). FOX Business Network can also be added to Sling Blue’s News Extra.

Sling TV also added 10 hours of DVR space for all Sling Blue and Sling Orange customers.