EchoStar Communications

Nation's second largest satellite TV provider.

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9601 S. Meridian Blvd.
Englewood, CO 80112
Employees: 21,000
CEO: Charles Ergen
Stock Symbol: DISH


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EchoStar Communications and its subsidiaries deliver Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) television products and services to customers worldwide under the name Dish Network. It is the third largest pay-TV provider in the nation.

The company had approximately 13.69 million subscribers as of November 2007. Dish Network's services include hundreds of video and audio channels, Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and international programming. The company also offers high-speed Internet and DVR packages. Basic packages start at $29.99 per month.

EchoStar has claimed several industry firsts throughout its history:
- First company to offer a satellite receiver for less than $200
- First to develop a UHF remote control
- First to offer an Integrated Receiver Descrambler (IRD) for C-band satellite TV
- First nationwide installation network dedicated solely to satellite TV systems
- First to offer satellite receiver with built-in digital video recording
- First Satellite TV company to offer local channels to local markets in all 50 states

EchoStar's uplink facilities are in Cheyenne, WY and Gilbert, AZ. The company has also has nine customer service centers and three engineering and data locations. In addition, there are more than 200 installation support offices around the country.

In 2006, EchoStar reported revenues of $9.8 billion and net income of $608.2 million.


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.


- Free Satellite TV System & Programming
- 401(k) with match
- Profit sharing
- Employee stock purchase plan
- Tuition reimbursement
- Flex Spending Plans
- Employee referral plan
- Medical, dental, vision
- Competitive vacation package

Updated November 17, 2007