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Stagnation TV? Sling TV Ends 2021 with 2.5 Million Subscribers, Less Than It Had Two Years Ago

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Dish Network said its seminal virtual MVPD service Sling TV ended 2021 with 2.49 million subscribers, marking a decrease of 107,000 users in Q4 and putting the platform's customer base below where it stood two years ago. 

Sling TV raised its prices by $5 across tiers in the fourth quarter. 

Overall, Dish reported the loss of 273,000 pay TV customers in the fourth quarter, factoring in satellite TV losses, too. 

Dish, which is pivoting to wireless, reported a full-year 15% revenue uptick to $17.88 billion. 

"Sling is a profitable business that will grow. It's going to require a little patience, but with the platform overhaul last year, we're now positioned to be able to innovate and enhance the customer experience with new features and differentiated offerings," Dish CEO Erik Carlson said during Thursday's Dish Network Q4 earnings call. 

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