Dish Network Avoids Cord-Cutter Exodus, Posts Strong Q3 Subscriber Gains Thanks to Sling TV

Dish adds nearly 150,000 new video customers, weeks after competitor DirecTV lost nearly 1.4 million subscribers

Dish Network avoided the cord-cutting exodus that has ravaged its competitors when it posted its Q3 earnings on Thursday, with its unexpected performance driving a nice Wall Street boost.

The company lost 66,000 satellite customers during the third quarter — which isn’t optimal but marked a huge improvement from the same period last year when more than 360,000 Dish subscribers dropped their service. Those Q3 satellite losses were offset by Sling TV, its live TV streaming service, which gained 214,000 customers; it was Sling’s best performance in two years and came a year after it added less than 30,000 customers during Q3 2018.

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Sean Burch

Tech reporter • sean.burch@thewrap.com • @SeanB44