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Sling TV: number of subscribers 2013-2020

Streaming service Sling TV launched by Dish Network reportedly had around 2.47 million subscribers at the end of 2020. Sling TV is one of the leading vMVDPDs in the United States (vMVPD stands for Virtual Multi-Channel Programming Distributor, and refers to services which aggregate live and on-demand television and transmit such content over the internet.

Sling TV subscribers – additional information

Sling TV is a U.S.-only live TV streaming service and a subsidiary of Dish Network, one of the largest pay TV providers in the U.S.. The platform was introduced as an alternative to cable TV and video-on-demand services. Unlike other streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, Sling TV subscribers can access live TV content of more than 20 channels, such as ESPN, TNT, Food Network, Bloomberg and AMC, over the internet. Sling TV aims to stay competitive in the growing streaming market by differentiating itself from on-demand services. Sling TV is rather a collection of popular live streaming channels, previously only available to cable TV.

Since its release, Sling TV has rapidly gained space in the streaming market. The number of Sling TV subscribers increased from 54 thousand in 2014 to 2.21 million by the end of 2017. However, the service still has some way to go to catch up to some of the market leaders such as Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu and HBO Now. Netflix, the clear leader in the market, had over 50 million streaming subscribers in the United States in 2017.

Number of Sling TV subscribers in the United States from 2013 to 2020

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Release date

February 2021


United States

Survey time period

2013 to 2020

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as of December 31 for each year

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