The company now has 13.8 million pay TV subscribers. A year ago in the same time period, Dish added 40,000 new subscribers.
Still, Dish witnessed a 4% gain on the average price each subscriber pays per month to $86.01. Overall company revenue was up slightly for Dish Network to $3.7 billion from the $3.6 billion of a year ago -- but a bit below expectations, according to some analysts. Net income attributable to Dish more than doubled $351 million to $176 million.
Midday trading of Dish’s stock was down 0.6% to $66.43.
Dish executives believe the down-trading pay TV subscribers are the result of a weak economy and heavy promotions from competitors.
In an effort to counter this earlier this year, Dish launched Sling TV, a cloud-based Internet TV service offering a slimmer package of networks at a cheaper price.
For its budding, broadband business, Dish Network added about 14,000 subscribers to approximately 591,000 in the first quarter -- a much smaller addition that in the first quarter of 2014, when it added about 53,000 net broadband subscribers.
Analysts are still positive about Dish overall, especially its acquisitions in recent years in spectrum holdings. One analyst says Dish is now the fifth-largest holder of spectrum in the country.
If they'd stop squelching the broadband wire at 15GB every month, I might stay with them.