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The Charlie Chat Summary - June 8th, 2009

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  1. Jun 8, 2009 #1 of 59
    James Long

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    The Charlie Chat Summary - June 8th, 2009
    Charlie Chat Hosted by
    Charlie Ergen – CEO and Chairman
    Jim DeFranco – Executive Vice President

    Earth Cam
    Channel 212 --- a live picture of earth from 22,000 miles away.
    High res photos available at www.givetheworld.com .
    Can't move the camera ... no zoom lens.

    High Definition Programming
    "More High Definition channels than anyone today"
    Almost 140 channels.

    Recent: Speed HD, MAV HD, FX HD, Logo HD, Fashion HD
    MSNBC July 8th.

    Recently Launched HD Markets
    Ada, OK; Albany, GA; Bakersfield, CA; Baton Rouge, LA; Butte, MT; Cheyenne, WY; Chico, CA; Columbus, OH; Columbus-Tupelo, MS; Corpus Christi, TX; Duluth, MN;

    Erie, PA; Eugene, OR; Fargo, ND; Ft Smith, AR; Gainsville, FL; Grand Junction, CO; Great Falls, MT; Idaho Falls, ID; Indianapolis, IN; Johnstown, PA;

    Lafayette, LA; Medford, OR; Meridian, MS; Minot-Bismarck, ND; Missoula, MT; Monterey, CA; Montgomery, AL; Odessa, TX; Palm Springs, FL; Roanoke, VA;

    Rockford, IL; Santa Barbara, CA; Sherman, TX; Sioux City, IA; Sioux Falls, SD; Terre Haute, IN; Tuscon, AZ; Twin Falls, ID; Yakima, WA; Youngstown, OH.

    July 1st: Columbus, MS; Ft Wayne, IN; LaCrosse, WI; Larado, TX; Wausau, WI; Panama City, FL.
    152 markets 93% of US TV Households.

    SD Markets
    Bend, OR; Lima, OH; Marquette, MI; Alexandria, LA.
    Available July 8th or 22nd (estimated).

    Digital Transition - Distant Networks
    Missing local network channels.

    Chicago and LA in HD ... San Fransisco and New York in SD.
    Service for up to 10 TVs connected to DISH Network.

    www.mydistantnetworks.com 1-800-979-0512
    Not affiliated with DISH Network.

    New qualifications effective Saturday June 13th.

    Digital Transition - Other Services
    No problems for DISH customers who have all TVs connected and subscribe to locals
    DTVPals available as converter boxes.
    Club DISH to refer your friends/relatives.
    Entry level packages available.

    Sports!
    Baseball ...
    Your regional sports network in Classic Bronze 100 Plus or add $5.99 to Classic Bronze 100
    + ESPN, WGN, FOX, TBS (in HD)

    MLB Network and MLB Extra Innings not availabe due to cost added to everyone's package.

    Boxing ...
    Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Juan Manuel Marquez
    July 18th - 9pm ET ... $49.95 SD; $59.95 HD
    www.dishnetwork.com/boxing

    College Football ...
    ESPN Game Plan - Save $20 off regular season price
    Early Bird Price: $115 or 3 x $38.34
    Regular Season Price: $135 or 3 x $45
    Sign up in July!
    www.dishnetwork.com/football
    Individual weekends $24/week

    Pro Football ...
    NFL Network in Classic Silver 200 package. Eight exclusive games.

    Interview - Rich Eisen from NFL Network.

    CMT Front Row - Exclusice
    Only on DISH Network ... on channel 101 in HD.
    This month - Darius Rucker
    Tues, Thurs, Sun ... 10pm ET, 7pm PT

    Contest! Win trip for two to Nasville for a taping later this summer.
    Artist TBD.
    Q: What is the name of Darius Rucker's first country number one single?
    (Random selection of all correct answers at the end of the show.)
    Contest rules http://www.dishnetwork.com/customerservice/broadcast

    Questions
    Email - Herb in Sandy Oregon misses ABC.
    A: Weekly conversations with Fisher Communications. They have asked for something unreasonable.

    Call - Paul from Arizona: Outdoor Channel, MTV2 and VH1 Classic in HD? Local PBS HD?
    A: PBS via over the air. Trying to get a national feed but PBS is unwilling to do that.
    VH1 Classic and MTV2 are not in HD today, we're working with Outdoor Channel.
    Paladia HD is best of all MTV/VH1 channels.

    Call - James from Eagle River, MI: ViP 922 DVR ... when will it be available?
    A: Not before it's time. HD + internet. Just went into beta test this week. Not ready until fall.

    Email - Joe: Canadian content on DISH?
    A: We can't get the rights. You can get it via an off air antenna.

    Call - Augustine: Puerto Rico ... when are new channels in HD?
    A: No dates. The best channels available in HD. 27 new channels in August (8-10 weeks away).
    New satellite the first of next year to improve service again.
    (The footprint of the satellites do not cover Puerto Rico well ... new satellites do better.)

    Interview - Dennis Leary and Rescue Me
    Guest - Callie Thorne of Rescue Me
    10pm Tuesday Night on FX

    Contest Winner!
    Q: What is the name of Darius Rucker's first country number one single?
    A: "Don't Think I Don't Think About It"
    Kathy - Martinsville Virginia

    Next Tech Forum ... August 10th, 2009 - 9pm ET Channel 101
    Next Charlie Chat ... October 12th, 2008 - 9pm ET Channel 101
     
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    WHAT is making Fisher's demands unreasonable?
     
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    James Long

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    Some "thing" they are asking for that if DISH allowed it would affect negotiations nationwide.

    I thought the Fishers standoff was over the lawsuit ... based on that description it is back to money. The original video explanation of the negotiations from DISH's side said Fishers was asking for way too much money. Charlie's comment tonight seemed to go back to that issue.
     
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    Stewart Vernon

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    Nice to see they gave a date for MSNBC (July 9th)... was hoping someone would ask about ESPNUHD and also if we would be getting BBCAmericaHD when that launches next month.

    Was also wondering if "Paul" from Arizona was our Paul... but remembered our Paul is in CA.
     
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    Nick

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    Very well done, James. Thanks. :up:
     
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    crrscott

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    Great to see locals in Bend, OR........Time to start killing Bend Broadband....
     
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    SayWhat?

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    Pretty much like I said in the other thread.

    HD, locals, HD, locals, HD, locals.

    Nothing useful at all.
     
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    Is this specific to people in Puerto Rico? I have no idea if they have access to the same channels we have in the "mainland", but I cant think of 27 HD channels that Dish is missing.
     
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    James Long

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    Puerto Rico only gets a subset of the "140" channels that the US gets. Alaska and Hawaii have the same problem. The older satellite footprints don't serve them well.

    E10 and E11 have decent footprints and special spotbeams. The next launch will expand the footprint at 119 and put a massive spot beam satellite there.

    This is a case of Puerto Rico catching up with what the mainland has become complacent about. :)
     
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    thanks James!
     
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    Here in Puerto Rico I can't get the HD from 61.5 I am getting and $10. package that only has usa HD, sci fi, espn, hdnet, hdtheather, hd movies and tnt now they are going to put more hd on the spotbeams. Rumors is that it will start on june 16
     
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    Disappointed in the PBS HD answer. DTV offers local PBS HD in some markets. I was under the impression Dish would eventually do the same. Sounds like they aren't even trying.
     
  13. SayWhat?

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    I reeeeeeeeeaaaallllly don't understand the obsession with HD.
     
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    you still watch vhs tapes over dvd too?
     
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    Thanks, James. Excellent work, as usual
     
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    So I've asked about this before but I want to ask again....from the summary above.....


    Call - James from Eagle River, MI: ViP 922 DVR ... when will it be available?
    A: Not before it's time. HD + internet. Just went into beta test this week. Not ready until fall.


    ...So I'll ask again, this receiver will have real internet capabilities...meaning, if I have MLB.TV I can wtch games through my receiver? I have been told no before, but if it has internet, why would this not work?
     
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    Like I've said before, a way to win customers over is by having their HD locals or just locals in general. Locals plays a large part to the New Customer, they may go with dish because they will provide the locals that DirecTV doesn't provide.

    I've talk to about 3 people in my old town that have left DirecTV just because they don't have their locals.
     
  18. SayWhat?

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    ^^^^^ And like I said before, I see no reason to give Chucky another $5/mo for something I can get for free. Don't kid yourself, Chucky's only doing it for the money. If he couldn't charge for it, you wouldn't see locals at all.
     
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    Guess I shouldn't be surprised that there's no mention of "TiVo" in there...
     
  20. PRIME1

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    First, thanks James for the great recap! Especially since I forgot the stupid thing....

    Second, pretty boring Charlie chat. All I got out of it was that the 922 wouldn't be out until sometime this winter :grin:
     

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