The Charlie Chat Summary - October 12th, 2009Charlie Chat Hosted by
Charlie Ergen – CEO and Chairman
Jim DeFranco – Executive Vice President
NFL Red Zone ... Scott Hanson
NBA All Star Steve Smith
Carrie Underwood Concert
The Naughty Chef
The Northern Way
Outdoor "Tailgate" Party ... (Charlie looks cold and awkward)
NFL Red Zone channel
(Video interview with Scott Hanson ... a nice behinds the scenes look)
6 1/2 hours ... one bathroom break
John Elway promotes the channel ... on many local stations.
Channel 155, Commercial Free, HD or SD for $5.99/month or $49.99/year (Multi Sport Package)
(Package also includes NHL Network, NFL Network and all available regional sports networks.)
Steve Gottsegen talks sports ...
ESPN Game Plan ($135 or 3 payments of $45 - Individual weeks for $24 per week)
NBA League Pass (4 payments of $41.99 if ordered before November 4th)
NBATV in Silver ... League Pass free preview Oct 27th-Nov 3rd
ESPN Full Court ($10 off normal price until Nov 29th - only $104 or 4 x $26)
NHL Center Ice w/NHL Network (4 payments of $40.95 until Oct 31st)
http://www.dishnetwork.com/sports to order
CBS College Sports (152) - Until Oct 14th
NBA TV (402) - Until Nov 3rd
NBA League Pass - Oct 27 to Nov 3rd
Versus (151) - Until Nov 30 (Normally in Gold)
Trivia: What team has won the most NBA championships? And how many have they won?
Prize: Two tickets to an NBA game near the winner.
Steve Smith ... All Star player now working for NBA TV
Nimiq 5 launch (shown as a silly drop in advert for the NFL Red Zone)
HD Locals in 152 markets, 93% of US TV Households (181 SD markets)
Rick: I'd like to see all DVRs have remote access.
A: Go to SLING.COM on the ViP receivers ... working on the 625 later this fall.
Bill: Local channels ... I want a closer station across the state line.
A: (Description of market areas) Law restricts carriage to local channels only.
Congress is looking at it and will make decisions in late October or November.
Doel: ViP-222k ... wants an external USB drive. When?
A: Available on the 211. Next year?
Bill: When will the ViP-922 be released? (Late summer??? Can I beta test???)
A: You missed your chance for beta tester. Taking longer than expected. Not before Nov 12th.
Jay: Why do I need a phone line?
A: Only need it for PPV events. We also use it for diagnostics. Broadband is an option on new recievers.
(Credit for having a phone line connected.)
Elizabeth: What new rates and packages can DISH Network offer to existing customers?
(How do we determine packages?)
A: We want to offer what you want and not sell you what you don't want. The industry doesn't allow it. We package in "good, better, best" levels to try to keep costs down.
Smaller Markets ...
181 markets covered in SD, 28 markets left. They COULD be covered but it is not economical without providing out of market signals to fill in missing networks.
Interviews in St Joseph MO. Pushing for out of market channels from Kansas City. (Silly video.)
Exclusive: CMT Front Row
November: Carrie Underwood
Tonight's Trivia Winner: DJ Jenkins of Tuscon AZ (Boston Celtics, 17 championships)
Voice a character ... exclusive to DISH Network customers.
Enter at http://www.DISHandDora.com/
The Naughty Chef
Channel 127 Oxygen - Tuesday 10pm ET
The Northern Way
Local colorado band ...