Updated from 10:08 a.m. ESTDish Network ( DISH) came up slightly short on profit as subscribers canceled service. The satellite TV service that was spun from EchoStar ( SATS) earlier this year lost 102,000 net subscribers in the fourth quarter ended in December. Analysts had been looking for a slight increase in paying customers. Heated competition from cable and phone companies like Comcast ( CMCSA), Time Warner Cable ( TWC), AT&T ( T) and Verizon ( VZ) combined with a consumer spending slowdown have started to have an impact on Dish's performance in the quarter. The Englewood, Colo., satellite shop posted earnings of $217 million or 48 cents a share, up from 37 cents in the year-ago quarter but a penny shy of analyts' targets calling for a profit of 49 cents. Sales for the quarter were $2.92 billion, up 1% from the $2.89 billion level at the same time last year. Dish, which split from parent EchoStar in January, serves 13.68 million customers. The stock was down 11.6% to $9.94 in recent trading.