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Sling TV Finished Q1 2022 With 2.25 Million Subscribers

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Sling TV finished the first quarter of 2022 with 2.25 million subscribers, which represents a drop when compared to the previous quarter. It also represents a decrease in subscribers when compared to the same quarter of 2021. However, Sling TV’s subscriber base has tended to increase and decrease routinely over the last couple of years.

Sling TV positions itself as an affordable way to stream live TV channels over the internet. While many of the other competing services tend to be priced around the $65-70 per month marker, Sling TV’s plans start at just $35 per month. Although the price is not quite as low as Philo, some consumers may find Sling TV’s channel lineup to be more in line with their individual and household’s needs.

Sling TV had 2.25 million subscribers, as of March 31, 2022. This resulted in a loss of 234,000 subscribers during the quarter and a loss of roughly 120,000 when compared to the year before. Sling TV closed out the first quarter of 2021 with 2.37 million subscribers. The latest subscriber count was provided as part of Dish’s first quarter 2022 financial results, which also confirmed there were 7.99 million Dish TV subscribers at the end of Q1. Together, Dish closed out the first quarter of the year with a total of 10.24 million pay-TV subscribers.

Dish explained that part of the reason for the decline was an increase in the number of subscribers canceling their subscription following football season. Dish also cited increased competition from both video on-demand and live-linear OTT service providers as contributing to the losses.

It is not unusual for Sling TV to lose subscribers in the first quarter of the year. This is also what happened last year when Sling TV reported a loss of around 100,000 subscribers during Q1, 2021. In fact, the service routinely seems to increase and decrease throughout the year. For example, Sling finished the third quarter of 2021 with 2.56 million subscribers before then closing out the fourth quarter and year with 2.49 million. Regardless of the increase or decrease each quarter, the service tends to continually hover around the 2-2.5 million subscriber number, as it did again in the last quarter.

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John Finn

By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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