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!

Restaurants and Their Famous Dishes

Dining out at a number of different types of restaurants has become a normal part of most consumers’ weekly activities. With so many restaurants available to choose from, there have been many establishments that have become famous for their special cuisine. Below is a list of some famous restaurants and their mouthwatering dishes that have become well-known throughout the world.

The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, England: The restaurant is known for its snail porridge, sardine on toast sorbet, bacon and egg ice cream, and salmon poached with licorice.

Brosia, Miami, Florida: Brosia’s famous dishes include caramelized-apple French toast with vanilla cognac sauce and smoked salmon tart with baby arugula and artichokes.

Porter & Frye, Minneapolis: Porter & Frye is well known for its wild rice soup

SPQR, San Francisco, California: SPQR’s famous dishes include spaghetti and Rigatoni Carbonara.

Per Se, Columbus Circle, New York, New York: Per Se is famous for its nine-course vegetable tasting menu and nine-course chef’s tasting menu.

Ko, New York City, New York: Ko’s well known dishes include Shaved Foie Gras with Pine Nut Brittle and Lychees and Riesling.

Takashi Yagihashi, Chicago, Illinois: Takashi Yagihashi is famous for its Duck Fat-Fried Chicken

Justus Drugstore, Smithville, MO: Justus Drugstore is celebrated for its Mushroom Soup containing around a dozen different mushrooms.

Il Mulino, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Il Mulino is famous for such Italian food as grilled chicken dish smothered in pine nuts, cranberries and Alfredo sauce.

Killen’s Steakhouse, Pearland, TX: Killen’s is famous for its Creme Brulee Bread Pudding

L2O, Chicago, Illinois: L2O is celebrated for its Halibut, Parsley, Ginger and Chanterelles

Grimpa, Miami, Florida: Grimpa’s famous dishes include: chicken, sausage, filet mignon, pork, and salmon that are prepared rodizio style.

Joule, Seattle, Washington: Joule is famous for its Dorade with Almond Piccata dish.

Bistro Daisy, New Orleans, Louisiana: Bistro Daisy is well known for Crayfish and Mascarpone Stuffed Ravioli.

Aunt I’s in Miami, Pembroke Pines and Lauderhill, Florida: Aunt I’s is famous for its jerk chicken, oxtail, and curried goat.

Alinea, Chicago, Illinois: Alinea is famous for a peanut butter and jelly made up of a single, peeled grape, still on the stem, enclosed in peanut butter and wrapped in a thin brioche.

Yung Kee Restaurant, Hong Kong: This award winning restaurant is famous for their signature dish Roast Goose.

Commander’s Palace, New Orleans, LA: Their famous dish is Bread Pudding Souffle with Whiskey Sauce.

Spago, Beverly Hills, CA: Their signature dish is Pizza with Smoked Salmon and Caviar.

Inn at Little Washington, Little Washington, VA: Their famous dish is “Filet Mignon” of Rare Tuna with Seared Foie Gras.

The Four Seasons, New York City, New York: Their signature dish is Crabmeat Cakes, Crisp Beets, and Sweet Potatoes.

Le Cirque, New York City, New York: Their famous dish is Pasta Primavera.

Everyone loves trying to new and exotic dishes. Although one may not be able to visit all of the above restaurants to taste their delectable dishes, it is fascinating to see the creative methods of creating their food recipes that have made them famous throughout the world.

Add a Dash of Convenience to the Menu at Your Restaurant Business

While the familiar statistic about nine out of 10 of them shutting down in the first year has been disproven, restaurant failure rates are still quite high. A recent study found that 1 in every 4 restaurants closes or is sold within its first year of business. But the news isn’t all bad. The total number of restaurants continues to increase for one simple reason-Americans are eating out more than ever. The average person orders food at a restaurant twenty times each month.

How can a restaurant attract new customers? The most reliable way is by examining statistics and figuring out how and what people eat these days. For example, we know that younger people are far more likely to eat out. Americans from the ages of 16 to 27 eat out 24 times each month! As you might expect, most of those meals are fast food. But there is a lesson to be learned from this.

Express Menus

In a word, young people prize convenience above all else when they eat out. They want something inexpensive and fast. Many restaurants have begun to offer express menus for high school, college, and young professionals. These menus give younger patrons the ability to get a real restaurant experience at an affordable price in about ten to fifteen minutes.How do restaurants accomplish this awesome feat? Express menus typically include plates that can be prepared in only five to ten minutes.

A burger and fries, a Caesar salad, a BLT, a deli sandwich, or soup and a sandwich are all dishes that can be on the table within ten minutes. This will appeal not only to high school students who have gotten used to eating on the run, but also to younger workers.
Most employees prefer eating out, but they simply don’t have enough time on their lunch break to get in and out of the average restaurant. An express lunch menu is the perfect solution to this dilemma. The patron will know that he can get a fast and affordable meal and get back to the office on time.

Takeout

More than half of young people order out at least once a week. They either pick the food up themselves or pay a little extra to have it delivered. Some restaurants have taken heed of this growing trend and they have started offering takeout menus. As the takeout orders grow, it is often necessary to hire a delivery driver.Experts recommend starting slow and offering only a few simple dishes to patrons who want to eat their meals off premises. Larger meals can be expensive to pack and even messy. There is also the problem of mix ups, in which case the patron may demand a full refund and the restaurant will have to prepare another dish.

Online Ordering

An incredible 93 percent of teenagers and young adults between the ages of 12-29 use the internet on a daily basis. They chat online, shop online, listen to music online, and even order food online. Yes, that’s right! Online ordering is an increasingly popular way to arrange for a meal. The user simply visits the website of his or her favorite restaurant, browses the menu, and orders a meal. The meal can then be either picked up or delivered to the virtual patron’s address. Payment portals ensure prompt payment and customer safety.While online ordering began with the chain restaurants, many smaller establishments are getting in on the act.

Not only is it convenient for the customer, but it also brings in new clients for the business. There is also the extra added bonus of positive comments on review sites.A review site is forum where internet users can go to post their thoughts on a particular restaurant, hotel, or resort. Positive reviews on these popular sites have been proven to increase business at top-rated restaurants.Customers also appreciate the convenience of using their credit cards for online orders, as well as while in the restaurant. Every restaurant needs a merchant account to accept plastic for lasting consumer satisfaction.

Diet Menus

We have spent most of this article talking about younger restaurant patrons, but now we want to turn our attention to the largest generation in American history. With nearly 80 million members, the Baby Boomers (anyone born from 1946 to 1964) are getting older. And as they age, many of them are paying more attention to health. It is also important to note that while Boomers eat out a bit less teenagers and young adults they are actually more likely to go to a restaurant that doesn’t serve fast food.

Whether called a light menu, a diet menu, or a health menu, a special section that caters to patrons who are worried about their health is a great way to attract new business. Dishes that are low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol are the most popular entrees. Soups, salads, and smaller portions can also save the restaurant money on ingredients and prep time. Putting the calorie count along with other important nutritional information right on the menu is often appreciated.