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#26 OFFLINE   tonyd79

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:14 PM

May be a bash piece, but if even half of it is factual, it is pretty horrible.

The direct quotes from people who worked closely with Charlie are pretty damning.
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#27 OFFLINE   Hoosier205

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

The article sounded accurate to me. A perfect example of why I won't do business with Dish or have any affiliation with them.
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#28 OFFLINE   mitchflorida

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:27 PM

Shouldn't this be on the Dish discussion board? Threads are removed here all the time if they don't pertain to DirecTV. Why is this different?


By the way, the only reason DirecTVs rates are as low as they are is because of competition from Dish. So I like how he keeps costs down.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:46 PM

Dish is a horrible company and I'm glad I stopped doing business with them years ago.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:47 PM

Shouldn't this be on the Dish discussion board? Threads are removed here all the time if they don't pertain to DirecTV. Why is this different?


By the way, the only reason DirecTVs rates are as low as they are is because of competition from Dish. So I like how he keeps costs down.


Dish is only one variable in the equation. You are giving Dish way to much credit.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:13 PM

Dish is only one variable in the equation. You are giving Dish way to much credit.


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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:51 PM

In fairness, to me the article seems like the author came in with an agenda, and found what he was looking for. Not to say any of it is untrue, but it does seem biased.


The author had an agenda and then a Directv employee came here to post it, shocker.
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:31 PM

The author had an agenda and then a Directv employee came here to post it, shocker.


Right...point out one thing about that article that is inaccurate. Charlie is scum.
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

Right...point out one thing about that article that is inaccurate. Charlie is scum.


Speaking of agenda.....
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

Speaking of agenda.....


:) I guess you couldn't think of anything.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:10 AM

I'd love to have a beer with one of Charlie's five kids.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:36 AM

Scariest line of the article: "He’s also made it clear that he’d like to try again to merge with DirecTV "

Obviously, I'd drop D* the second Charlie took control.

Remember the early days of Home Shopping Network? A goofball would be behind a desk with a "Tootie" horn? It was like an old SCTV skit, and that's what I think of Charlie and his mean companies.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:51 AM

[quote name='wilbur_the_goose']Scariest line of the article: "He’s also made it clear that he’d like to try again to merge with DirecTV "

QUOTE] Hope that never happens. They need to stay separate to maintain competition. Sure there is cable and there is UVerse. Cable is already too expensive, and I've only heard bad things about UVerse HD, although I do like the wireless concept. But I prefer good quality HD. Who knows. D* might come up with a wirless concept sometime.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:23 AM

Scariest line of the article: "He’s also made it clear that he’d like to try again to merge with DirecTV "

Obviously, I'd drop D* the second Charlie took control.

Remember the early days of Home Shopping Network? A goofball would be behind a desk with a "Tootie" horn? It was like an old SCTV skit, and that's what I think of Charlie and his mean companies.

What makes you think Charlie would take control?

Lets see 14 million and Dropping , 30 million and growing. I think we know who would be running the company.;)

Heres your cut charlie ,now scat!

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:31 AM

You mean like when XM (the bigger and growing) company took over Sirius?

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:41 AM

You mean like when XM (the bigger and growing) company took over Sirius?

You mean Both dying Satellite Radio companys. And still dying!:lol:

Yea ok bad example!
XM was far from Growing anything except Debt.



The merger's completion is a relief to shareholders who have expressed frustration with the prolonged approval process. XM and Sirius have struggled financially and have said that joining forces is the only way that they can survive. Music-enabled cellphones, iPods, music Web sites and traditional radio stations all provide increased competition.




Right from here.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:27 PM

The author had an agenda and then a Directv employee came here to post it, shocker.


All writers have an "agenda" or have bias. Neutrality is a myth. This is why we must be discerning and learn to tell the difference between fact and fiction.

I suspect that Dish is not as bad as the article says it is but that is not saying much. A lot of corporations treat their employees like chattel. Rare is the company that respects its employees and treats them as humans first and employees second. In businesses where employees can easily and cheaply be replaced there is little incentive to treat people well.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

What makes you think Charlie would take control?

Lets see 14 million and Dropping , 30 million and growing. I think we know who would be running the company.;)

Heres your cut charlie ,now scat!


Ask XM subscribers that same question. "We" had a LOT more subs, but Sirius took control and the end product is nowhere near as good as the XM days.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:07 PM

I agree. I liked XM a lot more than I like Sirius XM.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:39 PM

Not defending Dish but Dish Network is no different than any other company that are trying to reach specific goals and expect a lot from their employees, because there is competition out there and everybody from the trainee to the executives trying to thrive even if they try to push people around to get the message, but regardless they shouldn't treat some of their employees like that shameful

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:45 PM

Not defending Dish but Dish Network is no different than any other company that are trying to reach specific goals and expect a lot from their employees, because there is competition out there and everybody from the trainee to the executives trying to thrive even if they try to push people around to get the message, but regardless they shouldn't treat some of their employees like that shameful


They've accomplished far less that DirecTV while racking up far more collateral damage.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:56 PM

They've accomplished far less that DirecTV while racking up far more collateral damage.


At least I prefer their software engineering department than Directv's especially with the Genie HR34/C31 issues but then again NO ONE's perfect

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:09 PM

At least I prefer their software engineering department than Directv's especially with the Genie HR34/C31 issues but then again NO ONE's perfect


I prefer DirecTV's folks since they come by their equipment and features the ethical way, rather than by theft or other corrupt means.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:09 PM

I do think they still do a nightly reboot. That might help with some issues.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:22 PM

"Meanest?" Is that like getting a boo-boo?

C'mon, life is tough. I work in and out of the C-level, and have for most of my 20+ years of being in the workforce, and one of the things that one learns early on is that at that level, people like Charlie are pretty much the norm, rather than the exception. That is, they almost all tend to be somewhat arrogant, definitely quirky, and absolutely certain that their way is not only the right way, but the only way. They also tend to be very, very successful.

The biggest challenge with these types of personalities is to convince them that they can achieve an even greater level of success by simply slightly moderating their methods and, heaven forbid, their "vision." And trust me, it is, indeed, one huge challenge.

With regard to the apparently "disgruntled" employees, all of whom seem to be doing quite well for themselves post-Dish, one of the few great things left about this country is that one is pretty much free to find oneself another job anytime one wishes to do so. However, my guess is that once they finish processing it all, they probably owe Charlie a major thank-you card.

The bottom line is that if I were starting a business, I'd want Charlie on my team, not on the other side.

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