Sling TV is a television streaming service that’s owned by Dish Network. It recently reported a total of 2.21 million subscribers, which means that it is now the world’s largest internet-based service for live TV, according to TechCrunch. The Dish Network-owned service beats out competitors from companies like AT&T’s DirecTV Now, which boasts 1 million subscribers, or Playstation’s Vue streaming service.
Sling TV calls itself a la carte TV because its subscribers can choose what they want to pay for. The streaming service has everything from ESPN and NFL Network to FX and AMC shows and movies. It’s likely the service’s variety that has made it successful.
Sling TV is also one of the oldest TV streaming services out there. It appeared in 2015, beating the competition to the punch. It managed to garner a customer base early on and has only grown that base and expanded its offerings since its launch.
While sling is extremely successful and likely will be in the future, it will most likely have a more difficult time in the future to expand its customer base. There are simply more streaming services out there now. HBO NOW, Starz, Showtime, and CBS All Access are just a few of the streaming services currently available and more are likely to pop up as time goes on. These other streaming services are booming, too, and many will soon offer live TV much like Sling TV does.
With that said, Sling TV shows no signs of slowing down. It’s reported 2.21 million subscribers came at the end of 2017. That’s up considerably from the company’s reported subscriber numbers of 1.5 million the previous year.
Dish’s business has taken a bit of a hit due to the switch from traditional paid TV to live streaming TV. For Q4 of 2017, the company reported $3.48 billion in revenue, which is down from $3.75 billion for the same quarter of 2016. For the year, Dish reported a total revenue of $14.39 billion. That’s down from $15.21 billion in 2016.