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It appears Dish’s live TV streaming service, Sling TV, has been impacted by the increased competition from rivals like YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, and others. Sling TV still leads the market with 2.37 million subscribers for its TV service aimed at cord cutters, Dish reported in its Q3 2018 earnings, but its momentum is slowing.
In the first quarter of the year, Sling TV added 91,000 subscribers, followed by 41,000 in Q2, and now just 26,000 additions in Q3, according to Dish’s earnings results out today.
Place - Position - Lead
That allows it to retain its first place position, but that lead may not last for much longer.
AT&T’s DirecTV Now had been catching up to Sling TV in recent months, leading some to believe it would surpass Sling TV by year-end.
Years - DirecTV - Subscribers - Q3 - October
Launched two years ago, DirecTV Now added 49,000 subscribers in its Q3, it reported in October – much worse than the 247,000 added last year, when the service was newer and promos were more plentiful. But its price hikes, technical issues, and poor customer service have turned some customers off, leaving it still shy of 2 million subscribers by the end of the third quarter.
Meanwhile, newcomer Hulu with Live TV just topped a million subscribers...
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