Dish Network today reported official numbers for its streaming television service Sling TV, which marks the first time that the company disclosed the service's subscriber numbers separately from its traditional pay TV numbers. According to Dish, Sling TV had 2.212 million subscribers as of the end of 2017, aligning with previous estimates that the service had well over 2 million subscribers (via TechCrunch).

Sling TV was one of the first streaming TV bundles to launch, so its continued high ranking in regards to subscriber numbers makes sense. Following Sling TV remain services like DirecTV Now (1 million subscribers as of December 2017), PlayStation Vue (455,000 as of December 2017), Hulu with Live TV (450,000 as of January 2018), and YouTube TV (300,000 as of January 2018). Sling TV and PlayStation Vue launched in 2015, DirecTV Now launched in 2016, and Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV each debuted in 2017.

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Dish further detailed Sling TV's subscriber growth in its 10-K filing this week, stating the service had 623,000 subscribers in its first year on the market, then grew to 1.5 million by 2016, and 2.21 million by the end of 2017. More users switching from traditional TV bundles to streaming services are believed to be impacting Dish's revenue, however, with its total 2017 revenue at $14.39 billion, down year-over-year from $15.21 billion. In total, 1.1 million users were reported as having dropped Dish's pay TV bundles in 2017.

Like other streaming TV services, Sling TV allows users to choose between various tiers, with prices that start at $20/month for a small amount of channels and then increase in price as more channels are added. Sling TV is one of the cheapest services to enter with this price, while rivals like YouTube TV cost $35/month, and Hulu with Live TV and PlayStation Vue start at $39.99/month. DirecTV Now also starts at $35/month, and has an ongoing deal where new subscribers can pay for three months of service at $105 and get a 32GB Apple TV 4K for free.

Although Sling TV has been out for longer and subsequently has more robust features, some of the newer services are still in beta and testing updates that have yet to launch to a wide audience. These include DirecTV Now's beta test of a Cloud DVR, which is now said to be coming this spring, as well as Hulu's decision to add a more traditional channel guide for its users. Earlier in February, YouTube TV launched an app for Apple TV after delaying the initial launch from 2017.

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WarHeadz Avatar
60 months ago

My father wanted Fox News,
He's much better off without it.

But yeah, I think directvnow is the best of all of them. They really do have the most channels. If only they would fix my streaming so that it's on west coast time instead of east coast time. But until they do i've been getting free service from them. They comp me $35 every time i go on the live chat to complain. :D
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stars_fan Avatar
60 months ago
I have PlayStation Vue and love it.

He's much better off without it
How inclusive and tolerant of you
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Juicy Box Avatar
60 months ago
I have been trying to talk my baby boomer parents into switching from a traditional TV service (FiOS), to a service like this.


The biggest trouble is for them is finding a service that has all or most of their "must have" channels, for a price that makes the switch attractive over FiOS.

My father wanted Fox News, ID, History, TCM, and Discovery. My mother wanted LOGO, Bravo, Hallmark, and TLC.

I researched all the big ones, and found that DTN had a lot more channels that they liked than Sling and the others at a cheaper price. Plus you can get a free ATV4K with it.

My father is ready to switch, but my mother is worried about it. One issue was that she though DTN was a satellite dish service. Actually, it seems like most people I mention DTN to think that it is a dish service.

I suspect that they don't advertise enough, or they do not make it clear that it is not a satellite dish service.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Blackstick Avatar
60 months ago
Very happy with SlingTV and my AT&T gigabit fiber. Best of both worlds and cheaper/faster than Comcast - also love that every device can be a TV if need be.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
earthTOmitchel Avatar
60 months ago
I have been trying to talk my baby boomer parents into switching from a traditional TV service (FiOS), to a service like this.


The biggest trouble is for them is finding a service that has all or most of their "must have" channels, for a price that makes the switch attractive over FiOS.

My father wanted Fox News, ID, History, TCM, and Discovery. My mother wanted LOGO, Bravo, Hallmark, and TLC.

I researched all the big ones, and found that DTN had a lot more channels that they liked than Sling and the others at a cheaper price. Plus you can get a free ATV4K with it.

My father is ready to switch, but my mother is worried about it. One issue was that she though DTN was a satellite dish service. Actually, it seems like most people I mention DTN to think that it is a dish service.

I suspect that they don't advertise enough, or they do not make it clear that it is not a satellite dish service.
I chose DirecTV Now exactly because it had more of the channels I wanted at a great price, plus HBO for $5, PLUS the apple tv 4K deal. The DVR beta is a bit of a mess, but hopefully when it comes out it's reliable and then I think I'd be convinced to stick around after my 4 months end.
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