Note to executives for media companies about to engage Dish Network in carriage negotiations: When listening to Dish Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen, brace yourself.
Dish Network's designated entities (DEs), in which Dish holds an 85 percent economic stake, agreed to give up around a third of the paired AWS-3 spectrum licenses they won earlier this year in an FCC auction-- mostly spectrum licenses covering New York, Chicago and Boston. Analysts from Jefferies noted that the companies' abandoned licenses dovetail with AT&T and T-Mobile coverage areas, but leave open the prospect of a transaction with Verizon.
While hedge funders, real-estate titans, hotel barons and oil tycoons dominate Forbes ' list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, the pay-TV sector is well-represented, too, with Charlie Ergen, John Malone and Charles Dolan ranking on the higher portion of the list.
While some investment analysts have predicted that carriage renewal talks between Dish Network and Viacom will break down, Evercore's Vijay Jayant thinks both sides have too much to lose to wage a protracted blackout battle.
Michael Hawkey, who has headed EchoStar's Sling Media unit and its Slingbox product line for the past two years, is leaving the company to join Rovi Corp.
How many subscribers to Dish Network's core satellite service were lost in the second quarter? And how many customers does Dish's new Sling TV streaming service have nearly six months after launch?
Dish Network chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen, DirecTV's retiring chief executive, Mike White, and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts deliver the most value versus salary compensation, according to a report released by the Carmel Group.
While investment analysts have written plenty of notes to their constituents about a possible purchase of T-Mobile US by Dish Network, Dish Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen doesn't appear to be anxious to get a deal done soon.
After a year of speculation about a possible merger, Dish Network and T-Mobile are reportedly engaged in serious talks about a transaction, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Dish Network's new over-the-top pay-TV service, Sling TV, has continued its aggressive buildout with the announcement of two more compatible devices: Android TV devices and Google Nexus Players.