Dish said a little more than half of the lost 334,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter stemmed from the HBO and Univision blackouts.
AT&T offers HBO and Cinemax programming directly to consumers through the internet or its streaming service, Watch TV.
Is Dish Network getting HBO back?
HBO hasn’t been available to Dish or Sling TV (Dish’s over-the-top live TV service) since November, when the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a new carriage deal. The standoff comes at a tough time for Dish, as traditional cable/satellite providers continue to shed video subscribers.
Is Dish Network losing customers?
Dish ended March with more than 12.06 million subscribers, including nearly 9.64 million Dish subscribers, down from 9.90 million as of the end of 2018, and more than 2.42 million Sling subscribers, up slightly. Dish had lost 334,000 net subscribers in the fourth quarter after dropping 341,000 in the third.
Why did Dish Network drop HBO?
Keith Cocozza, a spokesman for WarnerMedia, HBO’s parent, said Dish bears the blame for causing the blackout by refusing to deal. “HBO offered to extend talks while they negotiated towards an agreement. Dish walked away,” Cocozza said. “HBO continues to deliver its signal to Dish and [is] willing to negotiate.”
Did HBO losing subscribers?
The service had lost 83,000 subscribers in the first quarter after a 267,000 drop in the fourth quarter of 2018. As of the end of June, the service had 1.3 million subscribers. Cowen analyst Colby Synesael had predicted DirecTV Now would lose 50,000 subscribers in the second quarter.