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Dish Network

Dish Network L.L.C.
NASDAQ-100 Component
Industry Satellite Television
Founded 1981; 36 years ago (1981)
Founders Jim DeFranco
Candy Ergen
Headquarters Meridian, Colorado, U.S.
Area served
United States
Key people
Charlie Ergen
(Chairman & CEO)
Jim DeFranco
(EVP and Director)
W. Erik Carlson
(President & COO)
Products Direct-broadcast satellite, Pay television, Pay-per-view
Revenue Increase US$ 15.1 billion (2015)
Decrease US$ 1.3 billion (2015)
Profit Decrease US$ 747 million (2015)
Total assets Increase US$ 22.9 billion (2015)
Total equity Increase US$ 2.7 billion (2015)
Number of employees
18,000 (2015)
Subsidiaries Sling TV
Blockbuster LLC
DBSD North America
Liberty Bell Telecom
Website www.dish.com
Footnotes / references

Dish Network (stylized as dish) is an American direct-broadcast satellite service provider. The company provides satellite television, satellite Internet access, audio programming, and interactive television services to commercial and residential customers in the United States. As of November 2016, the company provided services to 13.6 million television and 593,000 broadband subscribers. The company has approximately 18,000 employees. The company is headquartered in Meridian, Colorado, though the postal designation of nearby Englewood, Colorado is used in the corporate mailing address.

In January 2008, Dish Network was spun off from its former parent company EchoStar, which was founded by Charlie Ergen as a satellite television equipment distributor in 1980. The company began using Dish Network as its consumer brand in March 1997, after the successful launch of its first satellite, EchoStar I, in December 1995. That launch marked the beginning of its subscription television services, and EchoStar has since launched numerous satellites, with nine owned and leased satellites in its fleet as of January 2013. EchoStar continues to be the primary technology partner to Dish Network.

Joseph Clayton became president and chief executive officer of the company in June 2011, while Charlie Ergen remained chairman. Clayton remained in the position until March 31, 2015 when he retired leaving Ergen to resume the post. Ergen has said diversifying and updating technology for the company will be a high priority, with an expectation that, over the coming decade, the company will provide internet, video, and telephone service for both home and mobile applications.

Dish's main service is satellite television. Its offerings are similar to other satellite and cable companies. Viewers can choose from a series of service bundles, paying more money for more channels. A la carte programming is available, however limited other than Premium channels. The company is currently working on diversifying its offerings. With its purchase of Blockbuster LLC, it now owns the Blockbuster trademarks and has used its intellectual property agreement to offer streaming and mail-order video services.