DISH Network Picks Up Subs and Appears to Be Back on Track for Positive Growth

DISH Network, America’s second largest satellite provider in the United States by subscribers posted positive growth for new acquisitions last quarter with an estimated 22,000 net additions, trumping the previous year’s loss. A positive sign that Satellite TV Provider’s growth appears to be back on track. While last year ended with an annual net loss in subscribers, last quarter’s positive results is a step in the right direction. The Pay TV provider is determined to return future quarters into positive territory and may do so behind the new leadership of CEO Joseph Clayton.

A few years ago, DISH Network was really starting to close the gap between the number of subscribers it had versus DIRECTV but the pay TV provider has been losing subscribers over the past several quarters until just recently when it swung back into positive territory at the end of last year. A new turning point for DISH? Possibly, this may empower the company to get back on track. DISH Network has been very busy over the past few quarters acquiring companies out of bankruptcy like Blockbuster and DBSD-Terrestar. Hoping to open up the new spectrum to offer wireless 4G internet service. We’re speculating they’ll send transmission over land based towers.

DISH Network has also been busy preparing for the launch of its True Whole-Home DVR service with the Hopper and Joey system on March 15th. This system may give DISH the push it needs to continue positive subscriber growth through 2012. The Hopper is the main host, receiving and distributing all the tuners over coaxial cable. Joey’s work from the Hopper and have access to the same features, making it an elite system for people who want access full DVR functionality from any room in the home.

A recent facelift to Sirius radio stations will give your party the boost you need to have great ambiance. Set up directly from your DISH Network receiver. Satellite Radio now displays visual images to go along with its crystal clear commercial free broadcast. Not only can you get Sirius with a great package like America’s Top 200 but you can also take advantage of Sirius at your bar, restaurant or medical facility with a DISH for Business account. DISH Network is the only pay tv provider to offer Sirius radio, Blockbuster at Home and ground-breaking technology like TV Everywhere.

DISH Network has started 2012 in the driver’s seat. Will their new promotional offers be enough to endeavor substantial positive growth throughout the year. I believe so, their offers are among the best for Pay TV providers offering everyday value even after the promotional discounts expire. Over the years I’ve learned that DISH Network has been very innovative and continues to innovate itself while adapting to the ever fast changing environment we now live in. The satellite provider offers a lot of the best satellite tv services. Offering the latest in technology and everyday value that trumps the competition hands down.

Dish Network and EchoStar: A great relationship

Dishnetwork’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 subscribers. Launched in 1995 by EchoStar Communications Corporation, Dish Network has continually grown, and so has its customer base, which now stands at about 12 million. Adding new channels, more high definition 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 available for use with C-band satellites before any other satellite company in the country.

EchoStar was the very first satellite TV company to spotlight 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 Dishnetwork’s capabilities and services. From there, EchoStar added continually 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 subscribers in high quality digital format with super sharp Dolby audio.

No doubt about it, EchoStar and Dish Network are a dynamic pair, continually spear-heading developments and services in the satellite TV industry, providing no charge 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!

Satellite TV for Business Use in Rural Areas

With the kind of statistic that shows the majority (a staggering 99%) of American households owning at least one television in the home, if you think the percentage of those subscribed to a television service provider would be high as well you would be right. Over 90% of American households with a television set either subscribe to a cable or satellite TV service. In almost two decades, the number of subscriptions to a TV service has rapidly increased thanks in part to the rise of popular satellite television services and the near complete saturation of HDTVs in the market as the industry movies toward bigger and better television technology. Now, more than ever, the use of satellite TV for business is a viable option for many businesses out of reach for cable.

While an estimated 60% of households have cable television installations, one of the main issues of cable service is their reach. The majority of cable subscribers are located in metropolitan areas where any home or business can choose cable or satellite service. What cable lacks is the ability to go beyond the suburbs and into small rural areas, or smaller markets, where access to both television and internet services are severely limited. Some of these rural towns would be fortunate to have a single cable provider available to them; however, many are relegated to dial-up internet and public broadcasts for news and entertainment.

An estimated 25% of households in America have satellite dish installations as their television service of choice, but the number has grown over the last few years as not only more residential homes are choosing satellite over cable, but commercial businesses have taken to satellite for their public and private viewing programming. This is especially the case for businesses in rural areas across the country that cable services do not reach. With a basic affordable commercial programming package, a bar or restaurant far from the suburbs can still be able to enhance their business for their patrons.

The lack of cable in rural America also means the lack of high-definition quality programming. HD televisions have been popular in the mainstream market for years and over 50% of American households have at least one HDTV. Cable and satellite TV service providers are the only sure ways to receive a variety of HD programming but with the limited infrastructure of cable away from the suburbs, the only viable option for people in these rural areas is to opt for satellite service. But that is certainly not to say it is the lesser of two options. In fact, several popular satellite TV services have emerged over cable as the two leading TV subscription services in the industry.

Whether in the home or a place of business, satellite TV service has proven to be a sure way for anyone to have access to quality programming and in high-definition without the limitations due to location. For businesses in smaller towns that rely on returning customers, having diverse TV programming, especially a sports package in HD, can help improve their status as a likable hotspot among the community and keep their customers coming back.

From bars and restaurants to beauty salons and banks, commercial programming packages for both public and private viewing options are available for all types of businesses. Offices and certain commercial buildings often keep their clients in the lobby or waiting area occupied with a well-placed television. With plenty more programming to choose from, the right satellite TV package can define a business and keeps it vital.