Customers have access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most international channels, state-of-the-art interactive TV applications, and award-winning HD and DVR technology including over 200 HD channels. Packages start at $29.99 per month.
Customers can watch live TV and DVR recordings away from home using DISH TV's Hopper receiver and broadband connection.
The company also offers satellite broadband Internet service under the name dishNET.
In addition to the dishNET branded satellite broadband service, the company also offers wireline voice and broadband services under the dishNET brand as a competitive local exchange carrier to consumers living in a 14-state region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming). The dishNET branded wireline broadband service provides download speeds of up to 20 Mbps.
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.
The company has 35,000 employees with 26,500 located in the U.S.
In 2012, Dish Network reported revenues of $14.26 billion and net income of $625.74 million. The company added 89,000 net subscribers in 2012.
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.
The company purchased Blockbuster Video in 2011 and announced in 2013 it would close all remaining stores along with its DVD rental operation.
Satellite TV System & Programming
Updated December 21, 2013