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DISH Fires Up Its News and Political Programming With Glenn Beck's TheBlaze


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#1 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 04:02 AM

DISH Fires Up Its News and Political Programming With Glenn Beck's TheBlaze

NEW YORK, NY and ENGLEWOOD, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 09/12/12 --

Beck's 24-hour News, Information and Entertainment Network Extends To Television Starting with DISH on Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. EDT on channel 212

TheBlaze Continues its Rapid Growth -- Original Content Grew the Network into One of the World's Most Subscribed-to Online Streaming Networks in Just One Year

Network has Attracted Some of the Best Up-and-coming Talent in News and Opinion Programming with Will Cain, SE Cupp, Lu Hanessian, Amy Holmes, Raj Nair, Brian Sack, Buck Sexton and Andrew Wilkow

TheBlaze Inc. and DISH Network, LLC announced today that TheBlaze, Glenn Beck's online 24-hour news, information and entertainment network will now be available on television starting, at launch, exclusively on DISH.

TheBlaze joins DISH's selection of news and commentary programming representing all points on the political spectrum, including MSNBC, BBC America, CNN, Current, Comedy Central and FOX News.

The online network launched a year ago today as GBTV and quickly grew into one of the world's largest online streaming networks. TheBlaze will be available to DISH viewers on channel 212 as part of DISH's America's Top 250 package or a la carte for $5 a month. The channel launches today at 5 p.m. EDT and customers can order a la carte starting tomorrow. TheBlaze will be available as a free preview for all DISH customers through Sept. 26.

TheBlaze will continue to be available direct to consumers through its online subscription platform as TheBlaze TV on TheBlaze.com and various Internet-connected devices.

"After being phenomenally successful with his online streaming network, we're pleased to host Glenn Beck's return to broadcast TV, especially during this exciting and important political season," said DISH CEO and President Joseph Clayton. "With Glenn's return, DISH is truly the one stop for news, opinion and perspective across the full political spectrum."

Beck said: "TheBlaze has helped revolutionize television over the Internet and now we are excited to bring the revolution back to traditional television. TheBlaze will be home to news, information and entertainment programming with the facts and stories people care about most and we look forward to kicking things off with DISH."

Christopher Balfe, CEO of TheBlaze said: "At launch, our goal was to deliver TV over the Internet, not Internet TV. Twelve months later, we've succeeded beyond our wildest imagination with content that built one of the world's largest subscription streaming networks. We are pleased to have attracted the attention of a world-class television distribution partner like DISH. We are excited to continue to grow TheBlaze."

Glenn Beck's TheBlaze is a news, information and entertainment network dedicated to delivering high quality programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week led by Beck's daily TV show.

TheBlaze will continue to grow its slate of shows which already includes an opinion show hosted by Andrew Wilkow, the reality show Independence USA, the kid's show Liberty TreeHouse, the news show Real News, and the comedy news show The B.S. of A. TheBlaze has attracted some of the best up and coming talent in news, information and opinion programming like Will Cain, S.E. Cupp, Lu Hanessian, Amy Holmes, Raj Nair, Brian Sack, Buck Sexton and Andrew Wilkow.

The Network's web site at TheBlaze.com finished August with its best ever month hosting over 9 million unique visitors. The site will continue to include a mix of free original reporting, curated content and opinion pieces.

Led by Balfe, TheBlaze's executive team brings years of experience from leadership level positions in television and media.

Joel Cheatwood, President & Chief Content Officer of TheBlaze, was a Senior Vice President at FoxNews and CNN and oversees programming.

Lynne Costantini, former EVP of Affiliate Sales and Marketing at Scripps Networks Interactive and SVP of Programming at Time Warner Cable, Inc. leads the distribution strategy for TheBlaze in a consulting capacity. Costantini negotiated TheBlaze's relationship with DISH and will do the same with other distributors.

Kraig Kitchin, President & Chief Revenue Officer, co-founded Premiere Radio Networks -- the top radio network in the country and the distributor of Glenn's radio show. He will continue to grow the network's strong advertising base and deep relationships with advertisers.

Betsy Morgan, President & Chief Strategy Officer, was CEO of The Huffington Post and a Senior Vice President at CBS News and oversees strategy for the network.

Carolyn Polke, President & Chief Operating Officer of TheBlaze, will continue to spearhead the network's rapid growth in digital media.

About Dish

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.061 million satellite TV customers, as of June 30, 2012, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

About TheBlaze

Glenn Beck's TheBlaze is a news, information & entertainment network dedicated to delivering high quality programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The exclusive provider of Glenn's daily television broadcast, TheBlaze also offers a full slate of thought provoking news and opinion shows like Real News and Wilkow, late night comedy like BS of A, family-friendly programming like Independence USA and Liberty Treehouse, provocative documentaries and other original specials covering a myriad of entertaining and enlightening topics. TheBlaze, which receives 9 million unique online visitors per month, is the only network where you can find the facts and stories you care about most. TheBlaze - Truth Lives Here.

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#2 OFFLINE   James Long

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 04:03 AM

Moderator Note: While "The Blaze" is a political channel DBSTalk is not a political discussion forum. Please keep this in mind during the discussion that follows.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:50 AM

They don't have AMC, but they'll add something like this? And note, I'm not opining on his political content, simply that he will, at the outset, probably have pretty low viewership. They must be getting this cheap/free.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:07 AM

They don't have AMC, but they'll add something like this? And note, I'm not opining on his political content, simply that he will, at the outset, probably have pretty low viewership. They must be getting this cheap/free.



That's what they said about Fox News, which has turned into a juggernaut.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:07 AM

He's a helluva comedian. Should be fun.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 06:23 AM

I'd rather watch the Test Pattern Channel.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 07:06 AM

I'd rather watch the Test Pattern Channel.


I think that people will get more content and information out of the test pattern channel.... But, the few times I watched this character before he got fired from Fox, he was funny with his chalk board in a 'head shaking way'... :rolleyes:

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 07:32 AM

I'd rather watch the Test Pattern Channel.


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 07:58 AM

Bet that Beck is paying dish to air this crap!
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:00 AM

This almost would make me switch to Dish.... Come on D* hint hint!!

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:43 AM

can't wait until 5 PM.:)

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 08:43 AM

I'm going to second James' moderator note... Please do not evolve this into a political discussion that would close the thread.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:23 AM

Here's the link to the New York Times article that Glenn mentioned on the radio show this morning. It claims that Dish is paying "a small per subscriber fee" to carry the channel. He goes from 300,000 or so viewers on-line to what, six or seven million potential viewers at AT250 and up?

A good move for both Glenn and Chuck, IMO.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:40 AM

!pride

When will channel 212 show up in the Guide listing?
I don't see it there yet in my "Everything Package".

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:52 AM

!pride

When will channel 212 show up in the Guide listing?
I don't see it there yet in my "Everything Package".

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It does not officially start until 5:00 pm today.

If Directv does not pickup The Blaze network, I will be switching to Dish.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:06 AM

I would like to see D* pick up The Blaze.. (and H2 HD for that matter!)
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:37 AM

This make me think about LEAVING Dish! BARF!
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:50 AM

This make me think about LEAVING Dish! BARF!



What is wrong with more channel choices?

What are you afraid of?

No one is required to watch all of the channel.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:52 AM

Amen to that

I'd rather watch the Test Pattern Channel.



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Posted 12 September 2012 - 11:29 AM

Aw shucks, I thought he was going to be hired to replace Olbermann on Current TV.




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