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  • Cancelled Dish, What to do with savings?

    04/22/2016 7:57:49 AM PDT · by DrJeff · 61 replies
    FR | 22 April, 2016 | DrJeff
    Cancelled DishTV today. I have "cut the cord" on and off for many years, and it's time again. I was paying $60/month on a discount plan and it went up to $120 for the same programming. I'm just not getting that kind of benefit from the cable channels. On a personal level, I don't see the value. A recent article found that more than 1,000,000 [US] consumers cancelled paid TV subscriptions in 2015, according to SNL Kagan, a division of S&P Global Market Intelligence. Last year's decline was four times greater than the losses of 2014, and it represents the...
  • Dish Network revenue misses on pay-TV subscriber losses

    04/20/2016 5:33:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Yahoo - Reuters ^ | April 20 , 2016 | Supantha Mukherjee
    U.S. satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp reported quarterly revenue below analysts' estimates as it lost more subscribers than expected in its core pay-TV business. The company lost 23,000 net pay-TV subscribers in the quarter, more than the analysts' average estimate of a loss of 13,100 customers.. ... Dish, which is grappling with subscriber losses like other pay-TV providers, has been increasing rates
  • How Apple and Google are Killing Microsoft

    01/06/2015 8:51:33 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 152 replies
    T-GAAP ^ | Jan 6, 2015 | by: Mark Reschke
    The long reigning king of the desktop OS is in trouble. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, is rapidly steering the company into the back office and service spaces, while their nascent mobile and desktop platforms are crumbling around them. Microsoft is putting on a brave face continuing to heavily advertise the 2-in-1 Surface debacle, but Nadella is only buying time, as he must surely know that Apple and Google is the two-headed beast that Microsoft can not stop. In less than a decade, Microsoft will be associated with IBM or Oracle, not Apple or Google. Apple’s iOS is poised for...
  • Fox/Dish: The Rich Get Richer

    01/16/2015 2:16:22 PM PST · by Mozilla · 24 replies
    FTV ^ | 1-16-15 | Scott Jones
    FTVLive told you yesterday that Fox News and Dish Network had ended their retrans dispute and FNC has returned to the Dish bird. As we predicted, the terms of the new deal weren’t disclosed. However, people familiar with the talks said Dish is paying a significant increase for Fox News, which is one of the most popular networks, not just among news channels but entertainment and sports services as well. According to research firm SNL Kagan, the average monthly fee for Fox News is currently about $1.00 per subscriber. Under terms of the new pact, the price Dish would pay...
  • CES: Dish Goes After Millennials With Sling TV Alternative to Cable, Satellite

    01/05/2015 9:15:01 PM PST · by Mozilla · 14 replies
    Dish Network recognizes that people, especially millennials, aren't subscribing to pay TV and they're hoping to make that segment of consumers new customers with the introduction of Sling TV, an over-the-top service that costs $20 a month with no contract beyond a month-to-month commitment. Dish announced Sling TV, which has no direct connection with Slingbox or Sling Media (although both have a link to EchoStar, the parent of Disney Network), at CES on Monday, when CEO Joe Clayton introduced it as "a brand for this consumer segment" that "offers our new customers programming that is tailored to their wants and...
  • Fox News, Fox Business Channels Go Dark On Dish As Carriage Talks Stall

    12/22/2014 11:24:22 AM PST · by Utilizer · 43 replies
    DEADLINE | HOLLYWOOD ^ | December 20, 2014 10:03pm | Lisa de Moraes
    21st Century Fox and Dish pointed the finger at each other tonight as carriage talks between the two failed to produce a deal by midnight, resulting in Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel no longer being available on Dish. Both sides blamed the other for the shutdowns. “It is disappointing that, after nearly two decades without a blackout, Fox News Channel has been blocked by Dish Network,” Tim Carry, EVP Distribution at Fox News Channel said late tonight. “We care deeply about our viewers and hope that they will regain access to the number one cable news channel soon....
  • Dish Chairman Mocks: 'Unless They Find the Plane' Losing CNN a 'Non-Event'

    11/06/2014 2:44:29 PM PST · by forbushalltheway · 57 replies ^ | 6 Nov 2014 | John Nolte
    Currently, Dish Network's 14 million subscribers do not have access to CNN or other Turner Broadcasting channels like the Cartoon Network. Speaking specifically of CNN, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen ridiculed the left-wing cable news network's obsessive coverage of the missing Malaysian airliner and said losing the channel was a "non-event." "Twenty years ago, CNN was a must-have channel, but it's not a top 10 network anymore ... unless they find the plane, the Malaysian plane," Ergen said during a conference call. He added that losing CNN just days before a major midterm election would have been "a disaster" for Dish...
  • Harassed consumer scores $22.5K from Dish Network

    10/30/2014 9:35:21 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/29/2014 | Richard Morgan
    TV provider, Dish Network has been ordered by a federal judge to pay $22,500 to a West Virginia man after it made 31 calls to his cell phone to pestering him to pay an overdue bill. It turns out the man, Chester Moore, was never a Dish customer and didn’t owe the Charlie Ergen-controlled satellite-TV outfit a dime. Plus, Moore had alerted a Dish representative on two occasions of the screw-up. On both occasions, Dish’s reps assured Moore the calls would stop. But the calls — made by an automatic telephone dialing system — kept coming.
  • Fox moves to use Aereo ruling against Dish streaming service

    06/29/2014 5:41:59 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 26 June 2014 15.46 EDT | Dominic Rushe
    A day after a surprise US supreme court decision to outlaw streaming TV service Aereo, US broadcaster Fox has moved to use the ruling to clamp down on another internet TV service. Fox has cited Wednesday’s ruling – which found Aereo to be operating illegally – to bolster its claim against a service offered by Dish, America’s third largest pay TV service, which streams live TV programming over the internet to its subscribers and allows them to copy programmes onto tablet computers for viewing outside the home. The move has fueled criticism of Wednesday’s ruling from groups that have argued...
  • Dish Network to close all Blockbuster stores, lay off 2,800

    11/06/2013 1:23:26 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/06/2013 | Reuters
    Dish Network said on Wednesday it will close all 300 or so retail locations of the Blockbuster video rental chain by January, closing a chapter on a brand that failed to compete in the digital world. Dish plans to lay off as many as 2,800 employees. Dish, the second-largest U.S. satellite TV company, bought the failed Blockbuster LLC video rental chain in a bankruptcy auction in 2011 for $320 million, a dramatic fall for a brand that at its peak in 2002 had a market value of $5 billion.
  • Guess What Al Jazeera America Is Asking Its Viewers to Do Ahead of Its Launch

    08/19/2013 11:34:32 PM PDT · by the_Watchman · 57 replies
    The Blaze, Dish Network ^ | Aug. 19, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Al Jazeera America begins broadcasting Tuesday but will only be available in about 50 million homes. A link on the network’s website allows users to search whether the channel is available in their neighborhood, and provides a form letter for potential customers to request it from their TV providers.
  • Vanity: Satellite Internet Providers

    03/12/2013 4:39:51 PM PDT · by waterhill · 28 replies
    today | myass
    Just got a call from Dish, internet only in my rural area for 50 bucks a month and a 50 buck install fee, no tv (I don't watch that stuff mostly). My Sprint Aircard costs me 75 or better and is unreliable. Thoughts? Not a promo, just flat 50 for the rest of my life. Hmmm... Better than Hughesnet? and the others? Inquiring.....
  • Will "2016" get shown on the new "Blaze" on Dish or???

    09/13/2012 5:58:48 AM PDT · by taildragger · 11 replies
    9/13/2012 | taildragger
    With Glenn going to DISH network, what are the chances of 2016 being shown on this channel with its greater viewing audience before the Election?How about on Netflicks?A penny for your thoughts Freepers...
  • Beck Takes His Conservative Internet Shows to the Dish Network

    09/12/2012 12:17:17 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 39 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 12, 2012 | BRIAN STELTER
    Glenn Beck is bringing his brand of conservative commentary back to the television set. One year after embracing an Internet-only distribution model, Mr. Beck is repositioning his streaming network, TheBlaze TV, as an offering for cable and satellite operators — in other words, TV the old-fashioned way.
  • CEO: Dish "Open" to Being Sold

    01/14/2012 1:16:27 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 14 replies ^ | 01/12/12 | Phillip Swann
    Dish CEO Joe Clayton raised eyebrows yesterday when he said the satellite TV service is "open" to being purchased by another company. "We're open to all possible options," Clayton told Bloomberg News after being asked about possible merger plans. "We could be acquired or we could be the acquirer." Clayton, who was interviewed at the Consumer Electronics Show, did say the company would be "open" to those options after it finished 'building out' its wireless spectrum and entertainment businesses. There has been speculation that Dish might be interested in buying T-Mobile. Clayton, a long-time executive in the satellite and TV...
  • Dish Network (vanity)

    09/13/2011 7:04:34 PM PDT · by cowtowney · 50 replies
    Anyone experiencing outage on their Dish Network?
  • Dish Network releases a portable satellite TV antenna for tailgaters

    09/01/2011 12:41:38 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 21 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | Aug 30, 2011 | Mike Flacy
    Designed for camping in the great outdoors or entertaining guests while tailgating, Dish Network announced the release of the Tailgaiter, a mobile satellite television antenna that’s compatible with Dish Network service. Weighing in at 10 pounds, the satellite antenna is encased in a 10-sided plastic shell with a handle for lugging around the device. The shell is designed to protect the antenna in poor weather conditions and allows the dish to rotate within the casing to align with the satellite. The Tailgater portable antenna also requires a Model ViP 211k HD Solo receiver to pick up high definition stations. The...
  • Dish Network to keep 600 Blockbuster stores in operation

    04/19/2011 8:37:16 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 21 replies
    The Celebrity Cafe ^ | 4/19/2011 | Yoni Kaufman
    The satellite-TV company will likely close a majority of the 1,751 stores currently operating in the U.S. Dish Network, which will soon become the official owner of the Blockbuster video-rental chain, filed documents with Bankruptcy Court Saturday stating that it intends to keep some 600 Blockbuster stores open after its purchase is finalized. Earlier this month, Dish won a bidding war for the struggling rental company with an offer of roughly $320 million. According to the Los Angeles Times, Blockbuster currently operates 1,751 stores in the U.S., which means that the new owners will likely be closing more than 1,000...
  • Can Dish Network Be Trusted?

    12/05/2010 2:47:53 PM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 41 replies ^ | December 5, 2010 | Philip Swann
    Washington, D.C. (December 5, 2010) -- Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen sometimes brags about his days as a Blackjack 'card counter' in the casinos of Las Vegas. In fact, the young Ergen was so good at skirting the Rules of the House that he was banned for life from playing in Sin City. As a reporter who has followed Ergen and Dish Network now for nearly two decades, I have to say that the wheeler-dealer still acts as if the rules don't always apply to him. Or at least his company does. Over the years, Dish has gotten entangled in...
  • Dish Network no longer carries FX, FSN and Nat'l Geographic

    10/01/2010 2:58:40 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 51 replies · 3+ views
    Attention DISH NETWORK Customers! DISH NETWORK no longer carries the FOX Regional Sports Networks, FX, or National Geographic Channel. You could also lose FOX and MyNet starting 11/1.
  • Viewers Report Foreign Languages on Dish Network [Update]

    08/10/2010 2:32:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies ^ | Story Updated: Aug 10, 2010 at 1:12 PM CDT | Paul Adler, KY3 News
    Story Published: Aug 10, 2010 at 7:54 AM CDT Story Updated: Aug 10, 2010 at 1:12 PM CDT SNIPPET: "SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Viewers are calling the KY3 Newsroom and posting information on our KY3 Ozarks Today Facebook page about getting the wrong channels on Dish Network on Tuesday morning. Some of the channels are apparently in Chinese, Arabic and other languages." SNIPPET: "UPDATE On Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:24 PM, KY3 received an official statement from Dish Network regarding the issue. “Starting at approximately 3:30 a.m. MDT, satellite uplink provider, EchoStar, experienced an equipment failure associated with a primary video...
  • (Vanity) Which do you recommend: Dish or Direct TV

    03/02/2010 7:49:55 PM PST · by taxcutisapayraise · 105 replies · 2,058+ views
    I'm in the process of selecting a satellite TV provider since I'll be moving soon when I buy a house. I found an old FR thread from 2003 on the topic of Direct TV vs. Dish TV. The market has changed since then. I only have two TV locations. I don't need the premium channels, just the basics, especially Fox News. Any suggestions and information will be appreciated.
  • Anyone a Dish Network customer?

    08/22/2009 1:56:18 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 32 replies · 1,420+ views
    8/22/2009 | DGHoodini
    Anyone a Dish TV network customer? If so, can you tell me how many days does the basic Dish Network receiver guide display? I used to have a high end Hughes receiver with a 15+ day guide, but it burnt out recently, or got zapped in a power failure, and since DirecTV only uses their own brand recivers now, I ended up replacing my box with one of DirecTVs basic recievers, and quite frankly, it's been a big step down. The screen only shows 1.5 hrs on the screen at a time, and only shows 2 days worth of guide....
  • Dish Network wins stay of contempt order in TiVo case

    06/03/2009 3:56:50 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies · 502+ views
    Denver Business Journal ^ | June 3, 2009 | unattributed
    Dish Network Corp. said Wednesday it won a temporary stay of a potentially costly contempt order issued against it in a long-running patent lawsuit with TiVo Inc. The Englewood-based satellite broadcaster said a federal appeals court suspended a lower court’s contempt ruling that had levied $103 million in new damages against Dish Network and said it had 30 days to disable some functions of millions of digital video recorders used by its subscribers. “We are pleased that the Federal Appeals Court in Washington temporarily stayed the district court’s order in the Tivo litigation,” said Dish Network in a written statement....
  • Help with Getting Satellite TV

    02/07/2009 11:20:46 AM PST · by RayChuang88 · 19 replies · 901+ views
    Vanity | February 7, 2009 | RayChuang88
    No thanks to Comcast now charging a totally silly US$63 per month for their Extended Basic cable service, I am looking at switching to satellite TV. My configuration requirement is simple: a two-receiver setup where one receiver will have a built-in DVR, and one receiver will not need it (since it will be in the kitchen). I do not need HDTV support for now. I am down to two different plans: DirecTV's Choice Xtra package and Dish Network's Silver 200 package, using the configuration I mentioned above. I'd like to find out which is the better deal in terms of...
  • BT-73 on Dish TV Barack Obama's Plan for American

    10/01/2008 11:51:35 AM PDT · by pepperdog · 44 replies · 2,764+ views
    Dish TV Guide
    Is this a new channel on Dish TV with 24 hours a day of the Messiah?

    10/18/2008 10:09:26 PM PDT · by Lisa_from Buckeye Country · 50 replies · 1,232+ views
    I'm just trying to find answers......
  • DishNetwork Has An Obama Channel (Vanity)

    10/01/2008 4:17:35 PM PDT · by ninergold3 · 57 replies · 1,860+ views
    October 1, 2008 | Ninergold3
    OK - I'm about to call DishNetwork and give them a piece of my mind. However, I'm running out of pieces to give. I was flipping through my channel guide on DishNetwork and what did I find? An entire freakin' channel on 0bama. Channel 73 on DishNetwork is now OBAMA. Looks like all it is doing is playing over and over and over "Barack Obama's Plan for America".
  • Dish Network to Add 17 HD Channels in August

    07/17/2008 2:33:14 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 28 replies · 629+ views ^ | July 10, 2008 | Phillip Swann
    Dish Network today announced that it will add 17 national HDTV channels on August 1, saying the additions will give it 100 national HD channels overall. The satcaster promised in January that it would offer 100 national HD channels by year's end. DIRECTV, Dish's top satellite rival, now offers around 95 national HD channels, but has promised to deliver up to 150 national HD channels by year's end. “In January, we promised our customers that DISH Network would boost our national HD channel lineup to 100 by year’s end. Today, we are proud to say that in less than one...
  • Dish Network or Tivo turned off my Fox channel for debate.

    10/10/2007 7:58:04 AM PDT · by edcoil · 20 replies · 1,135+ views
    10-10-07 | edcoil
    Not sure where this goes but has this happened to you. I have Dish Network and Tivo on a wireless network at the house so they update and download configurations and channel lineups I receive all the time. Last night while going to watch the debate, I tried to get Fox News (205). It had been removed from the channels I received for years. I had to go in an manually re-add the channel to watch Fox.
  • Judge orders DISH DVRs shut down

    08/18/2006 9:05:05 AM PDT · by txroadkill · 74 replies · 3,232+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/18/06 | staff
    An East Texas judge has ordered the parent of DISH satellite television to stop selling and turn off about 4 million of its digital video recorders within 30 days. U.S. District Judge David Folsom also ordered DISH parent EchoStar Communications to pay almost $90 million in damages. The Thursday decision comes after a federal jury in Marshall in April determined that EchoStar willfully infringed on TiVo's "time-warp" patent. That applies to the way a DVR simultaneously records one program while playing back another.EchoStar is the country's second-largest satellite television provider with about 12.5 million subscribers.
  • EchoStar (Dish Network) Shares Up on Talk of DirecTV Acquisition

    07/20/2006 2:28:12 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 65 replies · 1,722+ views
    Teleclick ^ | July 20, 2006
    Shares of America’s #2 satellite television provider, EchoStar Communications, have hit 17-month highs in recent days amid speculation that leading rival, DirecTV Group Inc., could try to purchase the company. Such a merger would likely face regulatory and antitrust hurdles, but many analysts believe that these problems would be relatively easy to overcome. After all, the combined entity could be a strong competitor in the triple play communications industry, now increasingly polarized between cable and telecom carriers. The decision to merge with DirecTV would rest solely with Charlie Ergen, EchoStar’s Chairman, CEO, and co-founder, who currently controls more than...
  • EchoStar, DirecTV sign pacts with WildBlue (Satellite Broadband Internet)

    06/09/2006 11:27:44 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 1,231+ views
    Excerpt - NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Satellite TV providers EchoStar Communications Corp. (DISH) and DirecTV Inc. (DTV) signed five-year distribution agreements with WildBlue Communications Inc., a satellite-broadband provider, to provide Internet access targeting rural consumers. ~ snip ~
  • TiVo Won

    05/12/2006 4:56:16 AM PDT · by kevkrom · 60 replies · 1,175+ views
    The Motley Fool ^ | 11 May 2006 | Tim Beyers
    TiVo Won By Tim Beyers (TMF Mile High) 05/11/2006 When I read Wednesday that News Corp.'s (NYSE: NWS) Fox brokered a deal to make available several of its shows at Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) iTunes music store, my mind immediately went to TiVo(Nasdaq: TIVO). "So, this is how it ends," I thought. What I mean is that the bigwigs at the networks know that live TV, save for sports events, is over. TiVo won. Not that couch potato surfing will go away immediately, of course. Television advertising remains a $100 billion-plus business, after all. But The Carmel Group reports that...
  • STOLEN HONOR on Dish Network's PAX channel 181 started at 4pm!

    10/31/2004 1:06:18 PM PST · by silent_jonny · 52 replies · 1,291+ views
    Watch it if you got it!

    10/31/2004 8:24:08 AM PST · by telltaleheart · 15 replies · 657+ views
    Will be repeated, hooray for Newsmax
  • NewsMax, DISH Network Air ‘Stolen Honor’

    10/30/2004 7:07:33 PM PDT · by Ma3lst0rm · 44 replies · 1,359+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004 | Newsmax has broken the media’s censorship of the controversial documentary “Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal” and has begun airing the film on national television. Beginning Saturday morning, NewsMax began airing the documentary directed by award-winning journalist Carlton Sherwood on national networks and in local networks across the nation. Sherwood’s account of John Kerry’s activities as a leader of the Vietnam anti-war movement has infuriated the Kerry campaign. “Very simply, the press has accepted everything John Kerry has said for the past 33 years,” Sherwood said, explaing the media’s reluctance to air his film or offer the public a detailed...
  • 'Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal' Available One Night Only on Pay-Per-View

    10/29/2004 7:10:30 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 17 replies · 481+ views
    Dish Network ^ | Oct 29, 2004 | N/A
    'Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal' Available One Night Only on Pay-Per-ViewENGLEWOOD, Colo., Oct 29, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) and its DISH Network(TM) satellite TV service, the fastest growing TV provider in the past four years, announced today that for one night only, on Nov. 1, it will offer Carlton Sherwood's documentary film "Stolen Honor: Wounds that Never Heal" that focuses on Sen. John Kerry. This film is available to DISH Network's more than 10 million customers for $9.95 on channel 457 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and channel 455 at 8 p.m. Pacific Time. DISH...
  • Dish Network working as a DNC bullhorn within the Hispanic community... (vanity post)

    09/16/2004 5:04:42 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 3 replies · 288+ views
    Yahoo! News | September 16, 2004 | Yours Truly
    Dish Network has become the DNC's soapbox: Here at home we watch a channel called TV Colombia, mainly for news on our country of birth, and the New Democratic Network (527), the Enviromental Accountability Fund (another 527), and the DNC directly, same on other channels on the Spanish-channel package. And, as if it wasn't bad enough, we have English-speaking news networks CNN and MSNBC, but Fox News is conspicuously absent!!! So, I'd like to appeal to my fellow freeper's solidarity to tell Echostar dba Dish Network to be fair and stop treating Hispanics as DNC fresh meat!!!

    06/29/2004 6:12:46 AM PDT · by ladtx · 31 replies · 1,464+ views
    my fevered brain ^ | 29 June 2004 | ladtx
    We're closing on our new home today and now comes the decision about cable or dish. Charter is the cable company and after bad experiences with them in the past they are out. So now my decision is between DishNetwork or DIRECTV. Anyone have any opinions one way or the other? I would appreciate any comments.
  • EchoStar Pulls Plug on Viacom Channels

    03/09/2004 2:13:14 PM PST · by El Conservador · 11 replies · 841+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 9, 2004 | DAN D'AMBROSIO
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Satellite TV giant EchoStar Communications Corp. pulled the plug on MTV, Nickelodeon and CBS affiliates in more than a dozen cities early Tuesday in an escalating legal dispute with Viacom Inc. over the price of programming. As many as 9 million customers of EchoStar's DISH Network nationwide were affected, including 1.6 million who watch CBS programming in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities. The move that could threaten their ability to watch, among other things, the March Madness (news - web sites) college basketball tournament. "We are willing to negotiate as soon as Viacom is...
  • Viacom channels go dark on EchoStar in dispute over programming fees

    03/09/2004 5:42:32 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 80 replies · 255+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 3/9/2004 | Catherine Tsai
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Satellite television provider EchoStar Communications Corp. pulled the plug on MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and local CBS affiliates early Tuesday in a contract dispute with Viacom Inc. over the price of programming. An estimated 1.6 million customers on EchoStar's DISH Network across the nation were affected, a move that could threaten their ability to watch, among other things, the March Madness college basketball tournament. In place of Viacom programming, some customers in the Denver area saw a message from EchoStar saying the multimedia giant was asking an unreasonable amount for its programming. A statement from Viacom after...
  • EchoStar Willing To Drop CBS In Dispute With Viacom [dish network]

    03/07/2004 1:10:33 AM PST · by KneelBeforeZod · 31 replies · 343+ views
    DOW JONES NEWSWIRES via yahoo ^ | Friday March 5, 5:17 AM | By Mark Wigfie
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--Echostar Communications Corp. (DISH) will drop the top-rated CBS network from its satellite television lineup rather than accede to demands of the network's owner, Viacom Inc. (VIA, VIAB), says Charles Ergen, Echostar chairman and chief executive. "This is extortion at the highest level," Ergen told reporters Thursday following a speech sponsored by the free-market think-tank, the Progress and Freedom Foundation. "Viacom has crossed the line." EchoStar and Viacom are in a dispute over what rate EchoStar must pay for CBS and what Viacom cable networks it must carry. Ergen said Viacom threatened to withhold the Superbowl from EchoStar...
  • Cable Company Woos Customers (my title)

    09/26/2003 6:11:43 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 7 replies · 347+ views
    Press Enterprise ^ | 9/26/2003 | LAURI SHEIBLEY
    'Reel' effort in Berwick By LAURI SHEIBLEY Press Enterprise Writer BERWICK — A "Harry Potter" film will be shown free Saturday night on a giant screen in Ber-Vaughn Park. It's part of a campaign by GMP Communications to woo customers back to cable television. In the past few years, some customers have been shifting from the Hazleton cable firm to direct broadcast services. GMP is now trying to get those customers back, upgrading services and launching a series of community events. Prior to Saturday's movie, GMP will set up displays and demonstrations in the park to inform customers about the...
  • CNBC Breaking- DirectTV Discussing Sale to Rupert Murdoch

    01/21/2003 7:25:07 AM PST · by ewing · 16 replies · 318+ views
    CNBC ^ | January 21, 2003 | Maria Baritroma
    Nothing further, developing.
  • Ergen May Sell EchoStar [Dish Network] to Murdoch or Liberty Media

    01/20/2003 10:40:12 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 432+ views
    Dow Jones Newswire | January 21, 2002
    NEW YORK -- EchoStar Communications Corp. Chairman Charles Ergen, recently blocked by federal regulators from acquiring his main rival in the U.S. satellite-television market, has been talking with long-standing adversary Rupert Murdoch as well as Liberty Media Corp. about possibly selling his company, industry officials familiar with the contacts told The Wall Street Journal. There haven't been any formal negotiations, Mr. Ergen isn't commenting on his motives and it isn't clear what response these preliminary feelers have sparked. EchoStar currently has a market capitalization of $12.4 billion and debt of about $5.7 billion. The surprising twist could indicate that...
  • Hughes, EchoStar terminate merger pact (DirecTV, Dish Network)

    12/10/2002 3:37:25 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 392+ views
    Associated Press | December 10, 2002
    DETROIT - Hughes Electronics Corp. of El Segundo, Calif., and EchoStar Communications Corp. terminated their proposed merger of the nation's two biggest satellite television operations, the companies announced Tuesday. The government had taken steps to block the deal, and the companies said they called it off because it couldn't be completed within the time allowed. Hughes owns DirecTV, while EchoStar runs the Dish Network. The planned merger would have created a single powerhouse satellite TV service with 18 million subscribers. As part of the termination settlement, EchoStar has paid Hughes $600 million in cash, and Hughes, a General Motors...