Profile: DISH Network Corp (DISH.O)
DISH Network Corporation, incorporated on April 26, 1995, is a holding company. The Company provides DISH branded pay- television (TV) services. The Company operates through two segments: DISH and Wireless. The Company offers a range of local and national high definition (HD) programming. It offers receiver systems and programming through direct sales channels and subscriber activations are generated through independent third parties, such as small satellite retailers, direct marketing groups, local and regional consumer electronics stores, nationwide retailers and telecommunications companies.
The DISH branded pay-TV service (DISH) had 13.978 million subscribers in the United States as of December 31, 2014. The DISH branded pay-TV service consists of, among other things, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses authorizing the Company to use direct broadcast satellite (DBS) and Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) spectrum, the Company’s owned and leased satellites, receiver systems, third-party broadcast operations, customer service facilities, a leased fiber optic network, in-home service and call center operations, and certain other assets utilized in its operations. In addition, the Company markets broadband services under the dishNET brand, which had 0.577 million subscribers in the United States as of December 31, 2014. This service utilizes technology and satellites launched by Hughes Communications, Inc. (Hughes) and ViaSat, Inc. (ViaSat) to provide broadband coverage nationwide. This service primarily targets rural residents that are underserved, or unserved, by wireline broadband. In addition to the dishNET branded satellite broadband service, the Company also offers wireline voice and broadband services under the dishNET brand as a competitive local exchange carrier to consumers living in a 14 state region in the western United States, including Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Company primarily bundles its dishNET branded services with its DISH branded pay-TV service.
The Company offers a range of video services under the DISH brand, with access to a range of channels depending on the level of subscription. Its standard programming packages generally include programming provided by national broadcast networks, local broadcast networks and national and regional cable networks. It also offers programming packages that include sports channels, movie channels, and Latino and international programming. Its Latino and international programming packages allow subscribers to choose from over 250 channels in 28 languages. The Company also enables its customers to use dishanywhere.com and its mobile applications for smartphones and tablets to view authorized content, search program listings and remotely control certain features of their digital video recorders (DVRs). Dishanywhere.com and its mobile applications provide access to more than 80,000 movies, television shows, clips and trailers.
The Company also offers Sling TV, a live, linear streaming over-the-top (OTT) service, including 14 channels offered for a monthly subscription. Sling TV also offers additional tiers of programming, including news and children’s programming, each for an additional monthly fee, as well as a video on-demand programming library. Sling TV requires an Internet connection and is available through certain streaming-capable devices. The Company also offers an international video programming OTT service to Pay-TV subscribers under the DishWorld brand.
The principal digital broadcast operations facilities that the Company uses are EchoStar’s facilities located in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Gilbert, Arizona. It also uses seven regional digital broadcast operations facilities owned and operated by EchoStar. The Company’s DISH branded programming is delivered to customers using satellites that operate in the Ku band portion of the microwave radio spectrum, especially through the Broadcast Satellite Service band satellites (DBS). The Company owns or leases capacity on 14 DBS satellites in geostationary orbit approximately 22,300 miles above the equator.
The Company owns a range of wireless spectrum licenses and related assets. It owns 700 megahertz (MHz) Licenses, AWS-4 Licenses and H Block Licenses. The Company also owns 176 wireless spectrum licenses in the H Block. Northstar Wireless, LLC (Northstar Wireless) and SNR Wireless LicenseCo, LLC (SNR Wireless) won bids to acquire certain AWS-3 wireless spectrum licenses. The Company owns an 85% non-controlling interest in each of Northstar Spectrum, LLC (Northstar Spectrum) and SNR Wireless Holdco, LLC (SNR Holdco), the parent companies of Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless, respectively.
The Company competes with DirecTV, Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable Inc., AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., Netflix, Hulu, Apple, Amazon and Google.
DISH Network Corp
9601 S Meridian Blvd
ENGLEWOOD CO 80112-5905