The Charlie Chat Summary - September 8th, 2008
Charlie Chat Hosted by
Charlie Ergen - CEO and Chairman
Jim DeFranco - Executive Vice President
Launch of EchoStar 11
Now up and operating ... 114 HD channels. Turbo HD with 1080p.
E11 is 50% more powerful than anything ever before.
Complete high-def experience. Biggest HD update in TV history.
Turned off satellite in the middle of the night. Turned on with new encoding.
** Will be able to do 1080P when channels are delivered to DISH that way. **
HD customers today had their MPEG4 receivers automatically updated.
$10 more per month for those who do not yet have HD.
Comments on 1080p from CEDIA. Gotta have a 1080p set to see full quality.
"Blu-Ray" quality. "10,000 BC" currently available on ViP 622 and 722 DVRs.
New channel 501 for VOD (Video on Demand).
622 or 722 Two TV, dual tuner - 612 One TV, dual tuner
Upgrade to a DVR ... prices start at $50 + Professional Installation $50
dishHD Local Markets
Memphis, TN; Grand Rapids, MI; Larado, TX; Chattanooga, TN; Lansing, MI;
Syracuse, NY; Albany, NY; Beaumont, TX; Myrtle BEach-Florence, SC.
Total 67 markets 70% of US households
Additional Markets - Coming Soon!
Abiline, YX; Columbia/Jefferson City, MO; Des Moines, IA; Fargo, ND; Greenville, NC;
Joplin, MO; Lincoln, NE; Madison, WI; Omaha, NE; Quincy, IL; Sherman/Ada, TX/OK;
South Bend, IN; Topeka, KS; Waco, TX; Wichita Falls, TX; Wilkes Barre, PA.
17 new channels on August 1st.
Upgrade Special Now through Christmas ...
3 months free HBO HD and Starz HD --- same as new customer offer.
Channels vs Choice comment ... DISH has 114 channels and are not stopping.
HBO Premier Party - "Entourage"
Video clip. Entourage plays on HBO (Now playing).
"Crash" - On set visit
Video clip. Crash plays on Starz (October 17th).
Win 32" Sharp Aquos LCD TV - Full 1080p resolution
Who is the star of the first 1080p movie on DISH Network?
(Random drawing from all correct entries.)
Telemundo's Candela Ferro
Record viewership of both Democratic and Republican candidates.
DISH DECISION 2008 in Dish Home Interactive TV
CNN's Anderson Cooper
Taped interview. Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN.
Digital TV Transition (OTA)
Today was the day for Wilmington NC (trial market). No analog signals.
available to help with transition.
No problems for people who get their locals via DISH Network.
(Any TV connected to a DISH Network reciever.)
Refer DISH Network and get $50 in credits ($5/mo for 10 months), PPV coupons and free DishMOVER coupon.
Friend gets $30 off regular pricing.
New SD Packages
Local Channels Only - $9.99/mo
Welcome Pack - $9.99/mo or DishLatino Welcome Pack - $9.99/mo
Either welcome pack w/locals - $14.99
More information on DTV transition:
Digital Transition: February 17th, 2009.
Email Stacy (and others): "How does DISH decide what channels to add (HD and SD)?"
Charlie: Always looking, frames of reference: Ratings, Requests ( [email protected]
) Negotiations ... relative value to customers. Some complain when they don't have a channel, everyone complains when the rates go up. DISH has a format for HD programming ... looking for what fits. Most people are not looking for more channels for their prices to go up.
Mike from Sacramento: "Unique orbital position from EchoStar 11? FX in HD?"
Charlie: E11 is at 110° ... 99% of customers get 110° ... expecting 15% higher signal strength. AK/HI 60-70% higher signal strength.
Eric Stahl: FX hopefully by the end of the year, including other Fox services including Speed HD.
Email Drew: "Money tight ... want to change from AEP to TurboHD but it's not available to existing customers?"
Charlie: 100% HD package - not available to existing customers because of billing systems/hardware/etc. Will be available to existing customers on February 1st. Everyone can add HD for $10 per month ... they don't want complaints about non-HD channels that would go away when converting to 100% HD.
Hilton from Los Angeles: "TR-50? June or July? BET Jazz?"
Charlie: TR-50 is a DVR version of their off air receiver. Engineers promise more than they can deliver. Available in November. $299?
BET Jazz - not in the top 10 ... talking to Viacom about other products including HD.
George from Washington DC: (Impersonation) "Skip back in time five maybe eight years."
Charlie "Some would like to skip forward four months." (Caller is Frank Caliendo.)
Thursday, September 11th ... "102 Minutes that Changed America".
Documentary shot by individuals ... airing on The History Channel.
PPV Highlights: "Nim's Island" "Casamayor vs Marquez" (Sept 13th)
"South American World Cup Qualifiers" "NHL Center Ice" "ESPN Game Plan"
Program ran long ... oops! - Continued
"Top Chef" visits DISH Network on the road in Colorado.
Winner: David Danker of Garland TX - 6 year DISH customer
Answer: Will Smith
Next Tech Forum ... November 10th, 2008 - 9pm ET Channel 101
Next Charlie Chat ... December 8th, 2008 - 9pm ET Channel 101