Sling TV reached 2.2 million subs in the US

Dish Network reported that its OTT pay TV service Sling TV ended 2017 with 2.2 million subscribers, up 47% from previous year. During the fourth quarter, Sling added 160,000 subscribers. This is the first time the company disclose numbers of the streaming platform.
Sling TV was launched three years ago and is the leader of the OTT pay TV segment in the United States. During 2017 the service added 700,000 subscribers. This figure, however, shows that is growing at a slower rate than services like DirecTV Now, which has surpassed 1 million subscribers in December 2017, one year after launching.
In a conference call with analysts, Chairman Charlie Ergen said he was not worried about the slower growth, but did note that monthly churn is high across all the online streaming services as many people sign up for free trials and then cancel, Reuters reported.
In January, Sling TV launched in Puerto Rico. The platform offers “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue” English services, as well as packages with TV channels in Spanish.