Dish reported today that its Sling TV streaming service declined in subscribers during the second quarter of 2022, with a net loss of 55,000. This differs significantly from the first quarter of 2022, when it lost 234,000 subscribers. However, this is the third consecutive quarter of decline.
The figure was also less than in the second quarter of 2021, when Sling TV lost 65,000 subscribers. Sling now has 2.197 million total subscribers, down 242,000 from 2.439 million in the second quarter last year. In the first quarter of 2022, Sling TV had a total of 2.252 million, by comparison.
The company wrote to a regulatory filing, “The decline in Sling TV net subscribers was primarily related to higher subscriber disconnects following seasonal sports activity. We continue to experience increased competition, including competition from other subscription video-on-demand and live linear OTT service providers.”
While Sling TV is considered one of the first live TV streaming services, launching in 2015, it has yet to beat Google in the streaming wars. YouTube TV continues to be a live TV streaming service to watch after revealing that it has passed the 5 million subscriber mark, including those in the trial period. Disney reported during its Q1 2022 report that Hulu Live TV had 4.3 million subscribers — but only includes paid subscribers in its numbers.
Sling TV still beats FuboTV, which it has 1.05 million subscribers. Philo has about 800,000 subscribers.
The company has focused on retaining customers with new content such as freebies Channel Elvis Presley, which was released in June. Also in July, Sling TV gave customers free previews of premium streaming services through its “Freeview weekends,” which includes AMC+, EPIX, Sundance Now, Hallmark Movies Now and more.