Customers have access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most HD channels, the most international channels, state-of-the-art interactive TV applications, and award-winning HD and DVR technology including 1080p Video on Demand and the ViP 722 HD DVR, a CNET and PC Magazine "Editors’ Choice." Packages start at $24.99 per month.
In January 2008, EchoStar and its DISH Network subsidiary split into two separate companies, DISH Network Corporation and EchoStar Corporation. EchoStar Corporation now serves as a key technology partner to DISH Network Corporation, providing the company with award-winning set-top boxes and other TV technology that helps DISH Network continue to offer the ultimate TV experience to its customers.
In 2009, Dish Network reported revenues of $11.66 billion and net income of $636 million. The company added 422,000 net subscribers in 2009.
EchoStar's story began in 1980 when Chairman and CEO, Charlie Ergen, entered the satellite television industry as a distributor of C-band TV systems. Joined by his wife, Candy, and friend, James DeFranco, EchoStar Communications Corporation was formed. Operations quickly expanded and the Company earned a reputation for innovation, while focusing on providing customers with state-of-the-art equipment, systems and service.
In 1987, EchoStar filed for a Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) license with the Federal Communications Commission and was granted access to orbital slot 119° West Longitude in 1992. The Company began its move toward providing its own DBS service on December 28, 1995, with the successful launch of EchoStar I. That same year, EchoStar established the DISH Network brand name.
EchoStar went public in 1995.
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Updated March 19, 2010