Develop an Exciting Relationaship With Dish Network and Echostar

By: Julia Hall

Dish Network's history as one of the country's top digital satellite TV companies is filled with industry breakthroughs. Dish Network has been working hard for the past decade to bring the best in digital satellite TV to its customers. Launched in 1995 by EchoStar Communications Corporation, Dish Network has steadily grown, and so has its customer base, which now stands at about 12 million. Adding additional channels, more HDTV options, and special subscription packages while developing a reputation for the best customer service in the satellite TV business, Dish Network has become the best choice for digital satellite TV. A public company with about 20,000 employees, EchoStar Communications Corporation is based in Englewood, Colorado. The company has been around for 24 years, and its achievements in the satellite industry have been exceptional. Included on the Nasdaq-100 index, EchoStar is now a Fortune 500 company. In addition to starting Dish Network, EchoStar has many significant industry accomplishments to its credit:

EchoStar was the first in the business to provide satellite receivers for under $200 to its customers.

EchoStar made Integrated Receiver Descramblers accessible for use with C-band satellites before any other satellite company in the country.

EchoStar was the very first satellite TV company to focus single-mindedly on the installation of satellite TV service, as well as the first provider to bring local channels to local customers in every state.

Always ahead of the opposition in terms of technology, EchoStar provided satellite receivers equipped with digital video recording capabilities before any other satellite TV company did so.

EchoStar was founded in 1980 by Charlie Ergen, the company's Chairman and CEO. He started out in the business distributing C-band TV systems. He formed EchoStar with the help of his wife, Candy, and a friend, James DeFranco. In 1987, EchoStar got its Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) License from the Federal Communications Commission. Forging ahead, EchoStar began offering DBS service in 1995, starting EchoStar 1 and initiating Dish Network.

The following year saw the debut of EchoStar II, which increased Dish Network's capabilities and services. From there, EchoStar added steadily to its group of satellites, sending EchoStar III into space in 1997. EchoStar IV went up in 1998, and more satellites followed. Now, EchoStar has nine satellites in orbit. Together, these satellite work to make Dish Network's more than 250 channels available to customers in high quality digital format with super sharp Dolby audio.

No doubt about it, EchoStar and Dish Network are a progressive pair, consistently spear-heading developments and services in the satellite TV industry, providing free equipment to subscribers, and creating a customer-friendly atmosphere, with 24-hour technical support by phone. The future looks bright for the Dish Network team, and there's more excitement to come for Dish Network subscribers. Stay tuned!

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