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The Dish Network is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service that broadcasts digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, owned by Echostar. Dish Network was launched in March 1996, and is DirecTV's primary competitor in the United States.

Dish Network originally used an 18-inch satellite dish called Dish 300 which allowed subscribers to receive a signal from one satellite location. Today, Dish Network uses 20-inch satellite dishes called Dish 500, which allows subscribers to receive satellite signals from two satellite locations simultaneously. Slightly larger, 36"×20" dishes (called SuperDish) are being introduced with capability to receive satellite signals from three satellite locations simultaneously. Both Dish 500 and SuperDish are becoming more common as Dish Network (as well as other DBS services) are attempting to squeeze more programming onto their growing systems, particularly local and national American television network stations, and foreign programming.

In 2003, Dish Network began providing in-flight satellite TV service to the U.S. airline Song. In 2004, all selected music channels from the Sirius Satellite Radio audio pack were added to Dish Network's lineup of audio-only channels.

Dish Network is also partnered with Starband to deliver broadband satellite Internet service along with its television service. Every month, Dish Network has a show called Charlie Chat which features news about upcoming hardware, programming events, and new channels. Company CEO Charlie Ergen and Jim De Franco host the show and take questions from e-mail and live callers.

On May 1, 2005, Echostar added the first 10 of the 21 original Voom channels. These channels are available at a 61.5° orbital slot position. Echostar is planned to carry all 21 original Voom channels by next year. (more info on this link) (http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=dish&script=410&layout=-6&item_id=703340)

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Management

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

President of EchoStar International

President of EchoStar Technologies Corporation

Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Executive Vice President of Marketing and Programming

Executive Vice President, Dish Network Service, L.L.C. & Dish Network Customer Service

Executive Vice President of Information Technology and Broadband

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Number of Subscribers throughout the years

YearSubscribers
199520,000
1996100,000
1997250,000
1998500,000
19991,000,000
20002,000,000
20004,000,000
20005,000,000
20029,000,000
200410,000,000

List of channels on Dish Network

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