Punctuated by the loss of 281,000 customers in the second quarter, Dish Network's steady stream of retrans battles and carriage wars has resulted in the loss of 7.5 percent of its subscriber base in just one year.
Entering the second month of a blackout that has kept 42 Tribune-owned network affiliates in 33 markets off Dish Network, Charlie Ergen, chairman and CEO of the satellite TV service, said his company is "tens of millions of dollars apart" with the broadcaster, and didn't sound hopeful about one of the largest ever retrans-related blackouts ending soon.
A former card cheat creates the multibillion satellite TV business from scratch, then finds himself on the leading edge of pay-TV's convergence with the wireless business.
MoffettNathanson lowered its rating for Dish Network, saying that while the company's mid-band spectrum is theoretically valuable, major U.S. carriers simply can't afford to buy it.
Dish Network executives maintain that the company will be able to effectively monetize its spectrum and aren't worried about missing the FCC's deadline for leveraging those airwaves, according to analysts at Jefferies.
Discussing his company's strategy for its new Sling TV programming tier that lets more than one member of a subscriber home access the service simultaneously, Sling CEO Roger Lynch said adding the coveted ESPN would simply drive the cost of the service up too high.
Offering a peak inside the complex bargaining for what is pay-TV's most closely watched ongoing carriage negotiation, Dish Network Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said "we'd scratch our head" it Viacom didn't want to be part of an OTT service like Dish's Sling TV.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said that the company's spectrum holdings could be used to build out a 5G offering, but he cautioned that Dish is unlikely to build out its spectrum holdings to create a fifth nationwide wireless network in the United States.
In a move that perhaps signals his desire to focus more on the wireless business, Dish Network Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen has placed day-to-day control of the pay-TV business into the hands of 20-year company veteran Erik Carlson, naming him president.
Charter Communications continues to work to obtain regulatory approval for its massive purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, arguing that the resulting company-- dubbed New Charter-- would only service roughly 21 percent of all American broadband customers. Charter noted that figure is "less than Comcast and only slightly more than AT&T."