Dish Now A Third Of Its Peak 2009 Subscriber Size After Record 2022 Losses

Dish Network ended 2022 with some of the most downer data the U.S. pay TV business has ever seen, losing another 191,000 satellite TV customers and 77,000 virtual Sling TV subscribers in the final three months of the year.  Dish, which won’t formally announce 4Q earnings until sometime next month, made the disclosure in an SEC filing Tuesday, in conjunction with the revelation of a $500 million secured debt offering.

Mission And White Knight Stations Operated By Nexstar Blacked Out On Dish

Dish Network subscribers have lost satellite access to stations owned by Mission Broadcasting and White Knight Broadcasting because of a fee dispute. About 850,000 Dish households are affected. Mission has about 30 stations, including WPIX New York in the Dish footprint. Two White Knight stations are involved.

Federal Court Rules Streamer Super Arab TV Stole Dish Channels

A U.S. District Court in Texas has found that the Super Arab IPTV streaming service pirated a number of channels from Dish Network, is liable for copyright infringement and has been directed to pay the satellite-TV provider $2.1 million. The court said Super Arab IPTV has to stop streaming any content from the Al Arabiya, Al Hayah 1, ART Cima, CBC, CBC Drama, Future TV, Hekayat, LBC, LBCI (aka LDC), and Melody Classic channels.

Unions Cite Dish-Cox Retrans Flap To Diss Tegna Deal

The NewsGuild-CWA and National Alliance of Broadcast Engineers and Technicians-CWA unions are using a retransmission consent impasse between Dish and Apollo Global Management’s Cox Media Group to argue to the FCC against the merger of Standard General and Tegna.

Cox Media Demands Dish Retract ‘False Claims’ About Blackout

Cox Media Group said it sent a cease-and-desist letter to Dish Network demanding the satellite-TV provider retract numerous “false claims” it says are designed to mislead customers about the dispute that resulted in a blackout of Cox’s stations to Dish subscribers this week.

Dish Introduces Vague 3-Year ‘Price Guarantee’ On Full Monty Satellite TV Tiers

Dish says new subscribers for its “America’s Top” packages can lock in the price with a two-year commitment. It’s unclear as to whether the guarantee protects against spikes in taxes and surcharges, however.


Four Standard General Stations Blacked Out In Dispute With Dish

Paducah Television, based in Providence, R.I., operates stations, in Lincoln, Neb.; Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and Providence, and doing business as Standard Media, said Dish refused offers from bit and was insisting on significant rate reductions.

Sling TV Raises Monthly Price By $5, Blames Rising Programming Costs

Dish/Sling TV is raising the monthly price for its base live streaming services by $5 to cover rising programming costs, the company said. Sling Orange and Sling Blue will each now cost $40, Gary Schanman, group vice president for Sling TV, wrote in a blog post Thursday. A bundle that includes both will rise to $55.

Dish And DirecTV Have A Window To Finally Merge After Next Week’s Midterm Elections, Ergen Says

The 20-year merger dalliance between satellite TV companies DirecTV and Dish Network has a window to finally consummate following completion of the 2022 midterm election cycle next week, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen told equity analysts and business journalist Wednesday during his company’s 3Q earnings call.


Sling TV Powers Dish To Gain In 3Q Subs, Countering Cord-Cutting Trend

Pac-12 Network Sues Dish For Withholding Programming Fees

The Pac-12 Network has filed a civil lawsuit against satellite and streaming company Dish Network, claiming the pay television service withheld payment during the COVID-19 pandemic in violation of its carriage agreement. According to the lawsuit, Pac-12 Network says the agreement requires it to provide a certain number of college football games during a season. In 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pac-12 Network only aired one game; as a consequence, the network says it offered Dish a rebate because that year’s football season was shortened.

Slingbox, A Pioneering Streaming Device, Will Become Permanently Unusable In November

Any Slingboxes still out there are about to get bricked. Dish Network this week emailed reminders to users of Sling Media’s Slingbox — the once-controversial devices that “place-shift” pay TV services by streaming live TV over the internet — that the servers that power Slingboxes will be permanently taken offline on Nov. 9.

Disney Networks Restored On Dish Following Handshake Agreement

Good news for Dish/Sling TV customers ahead of Monday Night Football. Disney and Dish have taken a major step towards a new carriage agreement after their dispute led to the Disney networks going dark on Dish and Sling TV at midnight on Sept. 30. “We have reached a handshake agreement with Dish/Sling TV, which properly reflects fair market value and terms for The Walt Disney Company’s unparalleled content,” Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution said in a statement Sunday night. “As a result, we are pleased to restore our portfolio of networks on a temporary basis while both parties work to finalize a new deal.”

Game Show Network Makes A Deal To Return To Dish Network

Dish Network said Tuesday it reached a new carriage agreement with Game Show Network, ending a three week blackout. Game Show Network is being restored to the Dish TV and Sling TV lineups.

DirecTV Says Dish Network 5G Plan Will Wreak Havoc On Its Satellite TV Signals

Dish wants to deploy 5G wireless services in the 12 GHz spectrum band. DirecTV thinks that’s going to present serious interference issues with its satellite TV service.

Dish’s New T-Mobile Deal Could Be A Blow To AT&T

Dish Network on Tuesday announced a new $3.3 billion agreement with T-Mobile that lowers the prices Dish must pay to put its customers onto T-Mobile’s 5G network. The financial analysts at New Street Research speculated that the agreement represents a “modest negative” for AT&T, which inked its own $5 billion network-access deal with Dish last year. According to the analysts, Dish now has less incentive to move its Boost Mobile customer traffic onto AT&T’s network.


Dish Sheds 234K Sling TV, 228K Satellite Subscribers In 1Q

Dish Network counted subscriber losses for both its satellite and streaming pay TV businesses, totaling 462,000 across both vMVPD Sling TV and Dish TV. “In regard to subscribers for all our brands, we simply didn’t execute according to our expectations,” said Dish CEO Erik Carlson on Friday’s quarterly earnings call.

Dish Network Dinged $5.5 Million For Improper E-Waste Disposal

Circle City Broadcasting Adds Civil Rights Attorney Cyrus Mehri To Litigation Team

DuJuan McCoy, owner, president and CEO of Circle City Broadcasting, announced today that famed civil rights attorney Cyrus Mehri of Mehri & Skalet (M&S) has joined Mr. McCoy’s litigation team in his race discrimination lawsuits against Dish Network and AT&T/DirecTV. McCoy’s Circle City Broadcasting acquired Indianapolis television stations WISH and WNDY in 2019 from Nexstar. McCoy, a Black […]

Dish, DirecTV Will ‘Melt Away’ Without Merger, Ergen Says

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has once again weighed in a potential satellite TV merger between Dish and DirecTV. During Thursday’s 4Q earnings call, Ergen again called a Dish-DirecTV combo “inevitable” while painting a dire picture for satellite TV if the two companies don’t merge.

Dish Network Hits 4Q Targets

Dish Network, which is in the midst of a years-long shift from satellite pay-TV operator to wireless provider, met Wall Street expectations in the fourth quarter. The company said revenue came in at $4.45 billion in the period ending Dec. 31, down slightly from $4.56 billion in the year-earlier period. Earnings per share totaled 87 cents, down from $1.25 in the 2020 quarter.

Sinclair’s Charge! Gains Carriage With Dish Network And Optimum

Charge!, one of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s over-the-air multicast networks, has added carriage with Dish Network and Altice USA’s Optimum cable systems, adding distribution to about 10 million homes. Subscribers to Dish with an internet connected box will be able to watch Charge!, as will subscribers to Dish’s Sling TV streaming service.

Tegna Stations Back On Dish Ahead Of Super Bowl

Satellite TV provider Dish has reached a deal to bring Tegna’s 64 stations back to its customers after a four-month dispute. Ahead of the Super Bowl and as the Winter Olympics is getting underway, the two companies announced the new deal Friday. The dispute started in October.

Dish Faces New Deadline Tonight For 12 Local Channels

Dish Network tonight could lose 12 stations in seven markets due to a carriage dispute with their owner, Morgan Murphy Media.

Dish & Block Communications Settle Carriage Dispute

On Saturday night, Dish Network signed a new carriage agreement with Block Communications, returning seven Mideast network affiliates to the satcaster’s lineup after an eight-day absence.The affected channels are: WOHL Lima, Ohio (ABC, CBS); WLIO Lima (NBC, Fox); WDRB Louisville, Ky. (Fox); WBKI Louisville, (CW); and WAND Decatur, Ill. (NBC).

Dish Network Missing 106 Channels Due To Fee Fights

Dish is now without at least 106 channels due to 11 different carriage battles that span from last Wednesday night to 30 months ago. The blacked-out channels include 75 local network affiliates, and 31 regional sports networks.

DirecTV And Dish In Merger Talks Once Again

DirecTV and Dish Network are in fresh talks to merge after years of on-again, off-again wrangling and multiple clampdowns from federal antitrust officials. Now, however, insiders are optimistic a Dish-DirecTV deal could pass regulatory muster as concerns about the market power of the struggling companies have waned, sources say. Some executives likewise argue that a merger could give a surprise boost to the U.S.’s troubled rollout of 5G wireless services.

Video Pirate Owes Dish $31 Million, Says Texas Court

Dish And Sinclair Sign Retrans Deal For Stations

The new deal keeps Sinclair’s 144 TV station in 85 markets on the Dish TV satellite service. It also puts Sinclair’s Tennis Channel on Dish and on Dish’s virtual multichannel video programming distributor service, Sling TV. Sinclair’s regional sports networks remain off Dish and Sling as they have been since July 2019 in a separate dispute.

Dish Responds, Calls Tegna Lawsuit ‘Meritless’

Dish Network responded to Tegna’s cross-complaint — and its response to Dish’s earlier legal action — as “meritless and riddled with mischaracterizations and falsehoods.” Satellite-TV provider Dish and Tegna are locked in a retransmission consent battle that has left millions of Dish subscribers without access to the programming on Tegna’s stations since Oct. 6.

Tegna Files Cross-Complaint Against Dish

It charges the satellite provider with bad-faith conduct in retrans negotiations and responds to what it calls Dish’s “false claims.”


Dish Loses 13,000 Subs But 3Q Profit Grows To $557 Million

The company finished the quarter with 10.98 million pay TV subscribers, down from 10.99 million at the end of the second quarter.  It had 8.42 million Dish TV subs, down from 8.55 million, but it grew its streaming Sling TV subscribers to 2.56 million, up  from 2.44 million.

Family Entertainment Television Launches Its Family Movie Classics On Dish

Family Entertainment Television announced today the successful launch of Family Movie Classics (FMC) on Dish Network. The 24/7 classic movie channel is now available to nearly 9 million Dish TV subscribers. “This is a very proud day in our company’s history,” said President-CEO Drew Sumrall. “We continually strive to bring good, wholesome entertainment to American […]

DirecTV Goes After Dish Subscribers With New Promo

DirecTV is targetting its closest rival with a new promotion encouraging Dish Network subscribers to switch. For a limited time, DirecTV is offering a $150 prepaid Visa card to Dish TV subscribers who drop Dish and sign up for a DirecTV package under a two-year contract. The promotion is not extended to DirecTV Stream.

Dish To Raise Prices By $5 A Month

Dish has revealed on its website that it will raise prices on most programming packages by $5 a month, effective Nov. 16. The satcaster blamed rising programming acquisition costs for the increase, the same reason it (and other pay TV providers) has offered for years. Dish last raised prices in January of this year when it hiked most programming packages by $5 a month.

Dish Files Bad Faith Complaint As Tegna Blackout Continues

Dish Network said it filed a complaint with the FCC charging that Tegna is not negotiating a new retransmission deal in good faith. Tegna stations have been blacked out to Dish‘s satellite TV subscribers since Oct. 7. Tegna called the complaint “utterly baseless and without merit.

Texas Court Fines Dish-Infringing Streamer $7M

A Texas district court has found for Dish in the satellite service’s direct copyright infringement suit against streaming service Universe IPTV. The court found that the Arabic language IPTV service — owned and operated by defendants Mohamed Omar, Hossam Abd Elghany and Moustafa Maatouk — had provided access to Dish content to U.S. subscribers without authorization from Dish, directly infringing the satellite operators exclusive rights to distribute and perform that content.

Tegna Stations Blacked Out To Dish Subscribers

Tegna’s stations were blacked out to Dish TV’s 3 million subscribers Wednesday evening after the two companies were unable to reach a new retransmission deal. The blackout affects Dish customers in 53 markets.

Dish Subs Could Lose Tegna Stations On Oct. 6

The broadcaster is telling the satellite provider’s customers that with an extension to the current carriage agreement set to expire, they could lose access to its stations.

AT&T SportsNet And Root Sports Removed From Dish TV

Dish Network says that AT&T SportsNet and Root Sports Regional Sports Networks were removed from Dish TV Thursday in Denver, Pittsburgh and Seattle.