What did DISH do to stop the bleeding?
I wish Dish would break out international subscribers. I think a number of international offerings have started to 'break-out' in 2011 that might be much more profitable customers than the traditional AT120 alone.
1) Tamil Package no longer on DirecTV (and Dish adding News Corp. Tamil channel). Let's say there are 70k people who speak Tamil in the US. How many of the 18k households did not already have Dish who finally made the switch?
2) Cricket (not language specific) AND loss of some cricket packages on DirecTV. I have no idea how many thousands of households that would be.
3) More hindi channels. There are 580k speakers between Urdu and Hindi in the US. How many of those 100k + households did not already have Dish?
There are other posts elsewhere about Ergen getting rid of RSNs. Sure, people who want RSNs would find another carrier, but there are enough people who do without it (those who use Netflix and/or Hulu with OTA sports as examples).
So, if Ergan is going for a company that has:
-Choice for the consumer (streaming Blockbuster/Move/DishOnline/IPTV or satellite packages - primarily international focus or general interest with HD, but not US RSN-focused or any expensive sports for that matter)
-More competitive priced packages (let's face it, general interest packages are not really priced much differently..it is a few dollars this way or that, but not enough to create a mass change to go to one providers esp. when it is never apples to apples)
I am in general supportive of these type of changes if it is more profitable, but it will turn off segments of the population. Dish already does not fit everyone, it will further be a do not fit for even more groups, but maybe attract others who are still sitting with the other vendors.
Yet, a major problem to solve I still believe is real high speed broadband. Whether it is done through Dish's spectrum license, Hughesnet or something, we need to be able to get more uncapped high speed bandwidth otherwise all of this streaming is useless (and it cannot depend on the local cable or phone provider). I find it ironic that television satellites actually are a massive broadband pipe, but it is not used enough in this respect (except for VOD, remote scheduling and a few things here and there). Why not stream DishOnline through the satellite box and switch to a satellite feed from Internet connection (or stored locally on preloaded media EHD) and make the experience even better with much less dependency on local bandwidth through a third-party vendor?