Dish Network quarterly revenue drops 6 pct

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Dish Network reported first-quarter revenue that missed Wall Street estimates on Tuesday as subscriber additions to its cheaper online streaming service Sling TV failed to offset a drop in its legacy pay-TV subscriptions.

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Dish lost another 94,000 subscribers for its pay-TV service in the quarter, while it added 91,000 subscribers for Sling.

Dish has been trying to lure young viewers to the $20-per-month online streaming service Sling as it battles cord cutting in its satellite-TV services, with viewers moving to Netflix Inc and Amazon.com's Prime Video.

Average revenue per user in the company's pay-TV business fell to $84.50 from $86.55.

Net income attributable to the company fell to $368 million, or 70 cents per share, for the quarter ended March 31, from $376 million, or 76 cents per share, a year earlier.

Revenue fell to $3.46 billion from $3.68 billion last year.

Analysts on an average were expecting a revenue of $3.5 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

(Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru and Sheila Dang in New York; Editing by Arun Koyyur)