Todd Humphrey· Mentor
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
This will happen eventually with or without a merger. I am amazed the independent dealers (myself included) have lasted as long as they have.If a merger is approved, it is strongly thought that Echostar will slowly eliminate the independent retailer and installer, leaving consumers no choice of what to get or who to get it from.
I have heard no such statement from Charlie or anyone else at DISH. I have heard that no decision has been made on a surviving platform several times. The move to retain the DirecTv name is an obvious business decision since that name is better known than Dish Network. Your stated "only conclusion" is not the only conclusion.Charlie Ergen, C.E.O. of Echostar, has made statements that in the event of a merger NO current DISH customer will need to have their DBS equipment changed. A statement was also made that Echostar would adopt the DirecTV brand name. The only conclusion you can make is, Echostar will replace the over 15 million current DirecTV receivers with equipment that is labeled DirecTV, but will actually be Echostar's DISH platform.
Vermont has one of the highest DBS penetrations in the US. Serving the whole state makes sense simply because of the penetration. As for influencing their Senator, this sounds like a smart move on their part. Swing the consumer by providing locals, swing the Senator by serving the consumer. I don't understand why this would "concern" you.We wonder why the local networks for Burlington, Vermont were added to DISH networks local station line up. Burlington Vermont is the 90th largest market in the county. When currently serving only 40 U.S. markets why skip to the 90th. Could it be that Echostar is trying to influence Senator Patrick Lehey of Vermont? Is this an attempt to influence the chairperson of the judiciary committee to secure his support? We do not know, but it raises questions and concerns for us.
Having watched every dealer chat since day one, including all after the merger was announced, I can recall no such statement. I can however, recall many statements that the decision has not been made as to which way the hardware decision will go.Mr.Ergen did indeed make those statements on a Charlie Chat very soon after the merger was announced.
Not if such decisions are still undecided. There was an announcement a while back that DTV was "parting ways" with NDS and developing their own incryption system. If in fact they come up with a system that works better, is secure and is owned by them, why would Dish make a public announcement that they were going to keep their system before the new DTV system is released to see if it remains unhacked?Don't you think the public has a right to know what will happen after a merger
I don't take that as a cheap shot at all. After all, that is one statement in the above comment that I agree with. Additionally, anyone with that philosophy wouldn't be able to take "cheap shots". They would leave that to the "cheapest".Richard, was that a cheap shot - - or just a poor choice of tag lines?