Sling TV now has more than 2M subscribers, comScore says

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Sling customers watched 69 hours a month of video content on the platform.

Dish Network’s seminal virtual MVPD player, Sling TV, controls the lion's share of subscribers in the nascent market, comScore said this week, touting more than 2 million users.

In a report released on Tuesday, the research company said that Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now and Sony’s PlayStation Vue have around 3.1 million users between them. ComScore did not release subscription projections for newer entries into the market, including YouTube TV and Hulu Live, as well as fast-rising upstart FuboTV. 

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Notably, comScore said DirecTV Now ranks No. 1 in terms of usage per customer, with subscribers averaging 81 hours of viewing per month.

Sling TV ranked second in usage, with customers watching 69 hours a month of video content on the platform. PlayStation Vue was third at 57 hours per subscriber. 

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For all U.S. OTT viewing time, the combined forces of Sling TV, DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue control 54.6% of usage, according to comScore. Netflix alone controls 17%, while Hulu accounts for 8% and YouTube tallies 7.1%.

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For its part, Amazon registered at only 3.2% of total OTT usage, according to comScore. 

The comScore report also featured notable data on device support. According to the company, 18% of U.S. Wi-Fi homes have a Roku, while 16% have an Amazon Fire TV device, 8% have Google Chromecast and just 6% have Apple TV. 

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