Sling TV loses subscribers for the first time as streaming competition grows

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Sling TV has run into its first quarterly subscriber loss, parent company Dish reported today. As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, the live TV streaming service ended Q4 with 2.59 million subscribers, down from the 2.69 it reported at the conclusion of Q3.

Dish attributed the drop to increased competition. Yes, Sony’s PlayStation Vue might’ve shut down at the end of January, but YouTube TV (now with over 2 million subscribers) and the Disney-owned Hulu with Live TV (over 3.2 million subscribers) are formidable rivals. And that’s only counting direct alternatives. Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus, CBS All Access, and others continue to divide consumer attention — and soon HBO Max, NBCUniversal’s Peacock, and Quibi will be added to that…

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