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Charlie Chat Tonight (8/23) 9pm

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Stewart Vernon, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    $73.05 x 3 =$219.15 per hour x 2080 hours a year = $455,832 a year. I'm sure Dish has many customers in that earnings range. Probably 0.1%.;)
  2. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    What Extras. We have AEP and I, my roommate and our attendant pays around $46.00 each month.
  3. dennispap

    dennispap Icon

    Feb 1, 2007
    Jim and charlie need to have someone proof read a script for them because whenever they speak on their own, they either give wrong info or put their foot in their mouths... "when you send us your paychecks"....:nono2:
  4. Dave

    Dave Icon

    Jan 28, 2003
    I guess if your company is pulling in 12.1 billion a month. Money is no object.
  5. Dave

    Dave Icon

    Jan 28, 2003
    Sorry about that. Should be 12 billion a year.
  6. jgarveyATL

    jgarveyATL AllStar

    Jun 1, 2006
    Did Charlie discuss either the Sling Extender or the Sling Adapter on the Charlie Chat?
  7. GrumpyBear

    GrumpyBear Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
  8. John W

    John W Icon

    Dec 19, 2005
    Well, teleprompters are all the rage elsewhere.
  9. fredp

    fredp Legend

    Jun 2, 2007
    No. You'll need to wait possibly for the next Tech Chat to get info if you not inclined to search here or over at SatguysUS.
  10. 4bama

    4bama Godfather

    Aug 6, 2006
    I recorded the "Chat" rerun, and it was cut off at the same spot as the live feed was...not only no mention of the Sling equipment, but the answer about what plans Dish has for 3D channels was cut off before the full answer..

    Maybe someone pulled the plug on purpose before Charlie or Jim gave away their game plan...which is probably somewhere in the negotiations loop.
  11. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Even on a teleprompter it is an easy mistake ... Charlie intended to say "send us your payment" and "paycheck" slipped out. It was Jim's handling of the slip that turned the moment into a major fail.

    I do like the question on the show "where's Ira"? Jim forgot the last show and Ira filled in. It might work out better if this became the Charlie Chat and not the Charlie and Jim show. Charlie needs someone to riff with but it might work better to have people other than Jim. Perhaps a person responsible for the subject being discussed?
  12. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I still am waiting for them to buy the rights to use the theme from Scott Baio's "Charles in Charge" for the Chats :)
  13. Phil T

    Phil T Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Mar 25, 2002
    Charlie Chats were a great idea when Dish was a small company. I have not seen one since 2004 but felt embarrassed for how they struggled with them then. Spend a little of your money to hire a professional to produce these for you or drop them all together. The DBSTalk videos are a lot higher quality. Maybe you should hire them!
  14. ENDContra

    ENDContra Cool Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    If most of the show was about football, and there is no addition of ESPNUHD, then the whole show should be considered an epic fail.
  15. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Poor choice of words let's say.
  16. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    Got bored ... here's the late summary ...

    The Charlie Chat Summary - August 23rd, 2010
    Charlie Chat Hosted by
    Charlie Ergen – Chairman and CEO
    Jim DeFranco – Executive Vice President

    Show Introduction by Scott Hanson, NFL Red Zone

    Rambling chatter about the show ...

    NBC Sunday Night Football
    Pre taped interview with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth

    More chatter about just how much football DISH Network carries ...
    Jim: "There isn't a better way of watching daytime Football (Sunday morning and afternoon) than RedZone."
    Charlie: "We can give you split screen, so those of you who have our ViP receivers can actually use our split screen technology and you can watch your local team and flip back and forth to RedZone if you see something interesting in either place."
    [ed note: Not all ViPs have "split screen".]

    NFL RedZone
    Pre taped promo of RedZone (highlights from last year's coverage)

    Channel 155 every Sunday ... part of the Multi-Sport package.
    No additional charge for HD, no commercials for NFL RedZone.

    Live interview with Scott Hanson ... covering such interesting topics as when he uses the restroom during a live show with no commercials.

    Trivia Question: How many touchdowns were shown on NFL RedZone in 2009?
    Prize: Anyone who calls with correct answer gets full year of Multi-sport w/NFL RedZone. One winner drawn from correct answers - Sharp Aquos 40" TV.

    Free Preview of NFL RedZone - Sunday September 19th.

    Gridiron Games - Fantasy Football
    Pre taped promo of Gridiron Games - over $70,000 in prizes

    College Football
    ESPN & ABC - 15-20 Games/Week, CBS 2 Games/Week, NBC 1 Game/Week, TBS 1 Game/Week, CBS CS 2-3 Games/Week, VS 2-3 Games/Week, Multi-Sport 5-10 Games/Week (RSNs+Big10).

    ESPN Game Plan - Regular Season $135 or 4 payments of $33.75 or $24 for individual weeks.
    Pre taped promo of ESPN Game Plan - SAVE $20 with Early Bird discount!

    [ed note: 27 minutes into the show ... Questions!]
    Questions and Answers

    Email (Bill from OH): "I was hoping, this year, to be able to watch other college football games while tailgating at my beloved Buckeyes games. Does DISH Network gave a mobile unit I could purchase or rent for my RV?"
    Answer - Charlie: Yes. Just by an extra dish from one of our retailers or call us, take a receiver from your house or get an extra receiver to do it. For a lot of customers who have an RV they may want a more sophisticated system, those sophisticated systems can be anywhere from a dish that automatically tracks the satellites that goes on top of the RV or one that you can put on the ground and it automatically tracks. There is a company called King Controls and Winegard. Both of these have sophisticated systems for RVs or you can get a simple dish if you know how to sight the system. Whatever fits your needs.

    Email (Wes from TX): "Why is the BIG 10 Network restricted to the one geographic area? I live in Texas and want to subscribe to the BIG 10 Network next year when my Huskers join the conference."
    Answer - Charlie: In AT200 it is restricted to the Big 10 states ... but there is a way to watch all the Big 10 games - even if you live in Texas - that would be the Multi-Sport package ... $7.00 per month.
    [ed note: Hopefully next year when the conference changes the region will also change!]

    Caller (Sheila from MT): Charlie, you've been in the new DISH commercials and I'm wondering why you decided to do that.
    Answer - Charlie: It was pretty easy, they went out and got some big stars to be in the commercials and when I saw how much we would have to pay them I realized that we would be raising your bill if we did that. I'm not in an actor's union, I'm obviously not an actor. Jim: I will say that your ego has gotten a little bigger since you started doing the commercials. Charlie: I'm humbled by the process. They had me shooting commercials for eight hours for two minutes of commercials. The cost of doing that for someone who was just paid to do it as opposed to perhaps Jim and I who helped start this company - we really care about it without getting paid. That's why I ended up doing that.
    Caller: I love the commercials, I think they are great.
    Jim: Thanks.

    [One of the new "Let's Watch TV" commercials plays.]
    Charlie talks about making the commercial ... and saving customers money ...
    "Our customers, on average, pay about 20% less than our nearest competitor for the same programming."

    Launch of Echostar 15
    Sucessful launch of the new satellite to the eastern slot.
    [ed note: 35 minutes in, time for the major flub of the show ...]
    Charlie: "Every time you send us your paycheck ... I wish ... I wish you'd send your paycheck ... "
    Jim: "A small piece."
    Charlie: "Every time you send us something for your bill we take that money and build more satellites and that allows us to offer more HD channels. Local markets that people ask about and new HD programming that we have."
    Jim: "You know, that's an interesting way to look at it. I know it was kind of a slip there, a Freudian slip. But they get a whole months worth of entertainment for maybe 20 minutes of work. In might be an hour, it might be two hours but a whole month for the whole family. You can't go out and go to a movie for what it would cost for two or three months of DISH Network."
    Charlie: "It's true."
    [ed note: sigh]
    Added about 14 new local markets for HD - cover 170 markets out of 210 - cover 96% of the population with HD locals today.

    AMC HD
    Pre taped promo for AMC in HD - Channel 130.
    Live Guest: Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad (short clip) then the interview.

    [ed note: 35 minutes in -]
    What you need for HD:
    1) A HD TV: "I've seen good HDTV sets for $2-300 in the stores today."
    2) Satellite equipment that receives HD: Our ViP receivers.
    3) HD Programming: Basic packages are all free. HD Platinum ... $10 per month.
    There may be a small charge but we put in $5-600 worth of equipment.

    Rambling about the 922 and Slingboxes ...
    Remote access via web or iPad.

    Pre taped promo for TV Everywhere ...
    You have access to those channels you subscribe to - if you're a subscriber to Starz you get Starz content. The more you subscribe to the more you can get on DISH Online.

    New user interface for ViP VOD on the 722. Downloading to receivers adding a few more thousand receivers each night.

    [ed note: 57 minutes in - anyone looking at their watch?]
    Questions continue
    Skype (Jeffery in CA): "What happened to Ira?"
    Question laughed off ...
    Skype (Jeffery in CA): "Now Google TV has been announced when is the lite version for the 922 going to be available?"
    Charlie: Google TV will be a separate box ... bringing the Internet to your television. We'll need a better processor to put Google TV on the 922 (maybe the 923 - wink wink). But the 922 will be able to get movies and TV shows (not the entire Internet).
    [ed note: This question really wasn't answered.]

    One last question ... [only the question and the beginning of the answer aired live]

    Phone Call (Troy from San Fransisco): When are we going to have 3D programming? - and I hope that we don't have to pay extra for it.

    Charlie: You don't pay for HD so you've got to be happy about that. 3D programming we're playing around with a lot, it will probably be - its going to be in the 4th quarter. We'll start with some dedicated channels of 3D. Additionally there is quite a bit of new technology coming out in 3D, new chipsets and new generations of 3D beyond where it is today. We'll get a little more excited about 3D when we can integrate the next generation of technology. Probably this time next year will be my guess. The next generation of technology in set top boxes and TV sets so that it is a better experience than it is today. You'll still may need glasses but it will be a better experience than it is today and it will be more clarity. The way the technology works today is that you only use every other frame so you lose a little bit in doing that and we can really improve that with the new chipsets next year. To make a long story short: It will be out in the 4th quarter for you, we'll have dedicated channels and I don't know whether we are going to charge more for that or not. I don't think that our competitors --
    Jim: Don't know ... Don't know ...
    Charlie: We'll be, we'll be ...
    Jim: Part of it depends on the programmers too.
    Charlie: We'll be competitive ... if other people aren't charging we won't charge or there will probably be some basic stuff that will be free and then some premium stuff that there will be a charge for. But I really don't know the answer for that.

    Trivia Question: How many touchdowns were shown on NFL RedZone in 2009?
    Trivia Answer: 1024.
    Winner: Edward White from Otsego, MN.

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