Dish Network To Exclusively Broadcast England Home Cricket Matches For Next Four Year

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  1. JohnH

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    DISH NETWORK TO EXCLUSIVELY BROADCAST ENGLAND HOME CRICKET MATCHES FOR NEXT FOUR YEARS

    DISH NETWORK TO EXCLUSIVELY BROADCAST ENGLAND HOME CRICKET MATCHES FOR NEXT FOUR YEARS

    India, Pakistan, West Indies to tour England during 2006 to 2009 for Full Test and One-Day International Series
    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 21, 2005 – EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and its DISH Network announced that it has acquired the exclusive rights to the England Cricket Home tours for 2006 through 2009 from the England and Wales Cricket Board. This comes on the heels of EchoStar's Nov. 9 announcement that it acquired the rights to Pakistan National cricket for 2005 through 2008.

    “The acquisition of English Cricket is significant as it represents all the world's premier cricket being played during the North American summer months,” said Michael Kelly, executive vice president of DISH Network.

    DISH Network will be offering a minimum of 70 days of cricket from May through September which will offer the world's greatest national teams of Australia, England, India, Pakistan, West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. The world's greatest players will be on show including Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Inzamam ul Haq, and English bowling and batsman sensation Andrew (Freddie) Flintoff.

    Tours include:

    2006- Sri Lanka (three test matches, five ODIs and one Twenty/20) and Pakistan (four test matches, five ODIs and one Twenty/20)
    2007- West Indies (four test matches, three ODIs and two Twenty/20s) and India (three test matches and seven ODIs)
    2008- South Africa (five test matches, five ODIs and one Twenty/20) and New Zealand (three test matches, five ODIs and one Twenty/20)
    2009- Australia (five test matches, seven ODIs and two Twenty/20s) and Zimbabwe (two test matches and three ODIs)


    Additionally, DISH Network may also offer over the next four years:

    England Senior Women International Matches (both one-day internationals and test matches) and Under 19 England and Women International Matches played in England and Wales.
    Twenty/20 County Cup matches.
    National Cricket League County matches.
    C&G Trophy County matches.
    “English cricket has experienced a renewed popularity following last summer's Ashes win versus Australia, and DISH Network is pleased it can bring its customers exclusive coverage,” said Susan Arnold, vice president of Programming for DISH Network. “The exclusive agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board demonstrates DISH Network's continued support of the sport and its unmatched commitment to customer satisfaction.”

    Subscribers can visit www.dishnetwork.com/cricket for updates. To order or for more information on DISH Network, visit www.dishnetwork.com, call 1-800/333-DISH (3474), or contact your local DISH Network retailer.

    About DISH Network

    EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) serves more than 11.71 million satellite TV customers through its DISH Network™, the fastest growing U.S. provider of advanced digital television services in the last five years. DISH Network offers hundreds of video and audio channels, Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and international programming, together with professional installation and 24-hour customer service. Visit EchoStar's DISH Network at www.dishnetwork.com or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474).


    Contact:
    Heather Black,
    (720) 514-5351
    EchoStar's DISH Network
    press@echostar.com
     
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    Littleton,...
    This must be to make up for OLN and Hockey. :D
     
  4. JohnH

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    This announcement is different than the one mentioned in the Dealer Chat thread. They do mention the same sport, but it is different games.
     
  5. Justcoz

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    Interesting that this deal did not go to DirecTv.

    Murdoch owns all of UK cricket through Sky and has been buying up all the other world cricket for DirecTv (save for Pakistan). I guess Dish reckoned that it needed to compete - and actually laid out some cash for this.
     
  6. kevruth

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    It's worse than that.....it's PPV. :rolleyes:
     
  7. HDjunkie

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    Chalk me up for a big "Who gives a crap". I was hoping for curling or shuffleboard myself. Very compelling content.
     
  8. 2devnull

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    Dish will suck you dry for these tours. At least Directv offered them match by match. Expect a lump some for all the matches from DISH. This exclusive crap is nonsense. Just switch from Dish after many years to Directv to get cricketticket, now these idiots over at Dish went ahead and bought some of the matches. Abosolute nonsense for the cricket lover subscriber.
     
  9. Justcoz

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    Directv no longer offers match by match... the cricketicket is a decent deal at under $2/day for coverage. Dish coverage (for anything non-india related) is at $5/day.

    Dish probably thought it had a monopoly... until uncle Rupert decided to get in the game. Now you need both systems to get all internationals. A complete pain... but better than a decade ago when there was no coverage at all.
     
  10. 2devnull

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    Agreed....some is better than none. I thought I had heard that one can sign up with Dish to just get the cricket only. I already have a dish system, do I need to sub one of their packages or can I just get the cricket alone?
     
  11. Justcoz

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    My guess is that you will at least need some lifeline service (probably $14/mo for locals - that is what DTV offers)... I would call their international sales group and ask them. Otherwise AT60 is around $28/mo.
     
  12. 2devnull

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    What is the international sales number?
     
  13. UTFAN

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    Tally ho chaps!
     
  14. Paul Secic

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    I agree. Charlie should've come to terms with Oxygen, which has been on several years now.
     
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