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DISH/Sling TV Lost Over 1 Million Subscribers in 2023

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According to new reports, DISH and Sling TV experienced a significant decline in subscribers in 2023, impacting customer choices in the pay-TV industry. This decline can be attributed to various factors, including financial struggles and the challenges posed by cord-cutting. An SEC filing revealed that DISH is facing financial difficulties, raising doubts about its ability to continue as a going concern.

Analysts have suggested that DISH’s pay-TV service and mobile business are on the brink of bankruptcy. In addition, a network breach further hampered DISH’s ability to attract new customers. In Q4 alone, DISH lost a total of 314,000 TV subscribers and 123,000 subscribers in its wireless segment. Sling TV, DISH’s streaming service, also experienced a decline of approximately 60,000 subscribers.

This trend of subscriber losses for DISH has been consistent, as the company lost 268,000 subscribers in the same quarter of 2022. This decline in subscribers has wider implications for the future of pay-TV and customer choices. It highlights the growing popularity of cord-cutting, as customers increasingly opt for more flexible and affordable streaming services or APKs.

DISH is currently facing significant financial struggles that have raised concerns about the company’s future. The recent merger with EchoStar was an attempt to address these issues; however, this recent SEC filing has highlighted the urgent need for a substantial amount of cash in the next year.

Industry experts, such as MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett, have even suggested that DISH is spiraling towards bankruptcy. The company’s 5G network buildout is another challenge it faces. To realize this ambitious project, DISH requires an additional $3 billion in funding. The company is currently exploring various options to secure this funding, including using its spectrum as collateral for 5G broadband.

With the successful implementation of its 5G network, DISH aims to compete with other major industry players such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon. However, the critical question remains – Will investors be willing to support DISH’s efforts to build out its 5G network, despite the current financial challenges? The answer to this question will undoubtedly shape DISH’s future trajectory in the highly competitive pay-TV market.

In today’s technological world, many are turning to other outlets to view their content including 3rd party addons, streaming websites, and affordable IPTV Providers. With DISH and Sling TV struggling to stay afloat, it will be interesting to see how things pan out for them in the next year.

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  1. Oo Oo. Me me!!! I am one of those over 1 million subscribers! Yeah. I waited a very longgggggggggggg time for the opportunity to drop DISH and I don’t regret it for a second.

  2. This is not good news for anybody who uses unverified IPTV services.

    Dish is one of the sources of content used by some of those services. It is important that legit pay TV stay in business.

  3. That what I always say! Not good news for IPTV.

  4. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    What??

  5. Exactly! As much as I love to see these companies get hurt the less of them that are around the harder it becomes for my IPTV service to deliver great buffer free streams

  6. Where do you think these unverified IPTV providers get their streams from? Yes Verified IPTV providers

  7. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    From the broadcasters, sources, Dish Network is not a source it is a customer is like anybody else. More of a middleman.

  8. The ‘middlemen’ distribute the product.

    Without the ‘middlemen’, unverified IPTV couldn’t exist.
    Back in the 90’s and early 2000’s, it was possible and legal to catch network feeds using KU and C band satellite equipment. Then slowly those were heavily encrypted so that IFAIK the only people who can decrypt thos feeds are verified TV providers.
    So if Dish goes belly up, that’ll be one less source of programming, both live and VOD.

  9. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    I may not reply back right away because I have to go out and do some yard work, but anyways I’m speaking of the source of the feeds like nbc, abc, fox, USA, sports channels, I’m talking about their servers, aren’t the feeds kid coming off of their servers?

  10. In a word, yes, but that’s irrelevant.
    The unverified providers do not have direct access.

    In fact with OTA networks, cable providers often don’t use direct access to those networks. They use OTA antennas to capture the signal when they can.

  11. Ride it out as long as you can. Then we will all just use Kodi & Apps.
    Who knows. Maybe the prices will get cheaper.

  12. Kodi and apps are great for VOD, no doubt.
    It’s live TV, primarily sports, which is potentially the biggest concern.

  13. PPV , right! Who knows always nfl+ MLB Networks , NBA pass. Stuff like that. Time will tell for us all. Hopefully IPTV unverified does not increase.

  14. I dropped them a long time ago. Nothing to watch and price kept going up. Stream everything now.

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