OUR JOURNEY.

Behind every great business is a story of vision and daring. With heart-stopping satellite launches and engineering ingenuity that changed the television industry, DISH’s story has both.

Today

 

Jan. 2014

DISH unveils Super Joey, a client that allows customers to record up to 8 programs at once when used with the Hopper platform

Jan. 2014

DISH announces Wireless Joey system to open installation options where coaxial or Ethernet wiring is difficult to achieve or undesirable

Jan. 2014

DISH delivers Hopper experience on LG smart TVs, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4 with introduction of the Virtual Joey software application

Jan. 2014

DISH adds voice search and Hopper control capabilities to its DISH Explorer second-screen app

 

Dec. 2013

DISH and Sprint announce plan to jointly develop and deploy a fixed wireless broadband service, on a trial basis, in Corpus Christi, Tex.

July 23, 2013

DISH Puerto Rico and Claro enter partnership to offer customers bundled services on one bill, including DISH’s pay-TV, Claro’s Internet, wireless and telephone services

July 2013

DISH announces availability of free live TV on Southwest flights using Internet-ready personal devices

 

June 2013

DISH introduces SMARTbox, a flexible and affordable satellite-TV platform for hotels and hospitality operations

June 2013

DISH and nTelos launch fixed wireless broadband pilot in rural Virginia using wireless spectrum in the 2.5GHz range

May 2013

DISH offers qualified new customers the choice of an iPad 2 instead of first year programming discounts for customers who sign up for Hopper with Sling®

March 2013

DISH combines sustainability and customer service with fleet of ROUSCH CleanTech propane autogas-fueled vans; driven to customer homes for installations and service calls; lower carbon dioxide emissions

 

January 2013

DISH announces Hopper with Sling®, the second generation of the award-winning whole-home HD DVR system

January 2013

DISH’s Hopper TransfersTM app delivers DVR recordings to iPad for offline viewing

January 2013

DISH introduces DISH Explorer, an intuitive second-screen app that combines TV viewing with social media

 

November 2012

EchoStar successfully launches its Echo XVI satellite from Baikonur, Kazakhstan

November 2012

DISH launches digital over-the-air tuner, What’s Hot feature and Game Finder app on the Hopper® Whole-Home HD DVR

September 2012

DISH unveils dishNETTM broadband, bringing high-speed Internet to rural Americans with slow or no access

July 2012

DISH delivers first household-addressable advertising nationally to seven million subscribers

 

 

 

 

May 2012

DISH introduces commercial-free TV with AutoHopTM

March 2012

DISH acquires DBSD and TerreStar

January 2012

DISH introduces Hopper® and Joey®, the most technically advanced Whole-Home HD DVR system

January 2012

DISH announces the ability for customers to stream thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows to iPad with the DISH Remote Access app

 

November 2011

DISH introduces the Tailgater®, a remote viewing satellite dish that makes it easy to watch sports team outdoors

September 2011

DISH introduces Blockbuster @HomeTM, the first subscription streaming movie service bundle in the pay-TV industry

April 2011

DISH acquires Blockbuster L.L.C.

 

 

2000s

 

November 2010

DISH introduces Sling® Adapter that allows live TV viewing on iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry devices

August 2010

DISH Online is the only online video portal with live TV integration

August 2010

DISH introduces world’s first DVR scheduler app optimized for the Apple iPad

July 2010

DISH successfully launches its Echo XV satellite launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

May 2010

DISH becomes the first pay-TV provider to offer local broadcast channels in all 210 local television markets in the U.S.

April 2010

DISH becomes the first TV provider to offer 200 national HD channels

March 2010

DISH successfully launches its Echo XIV satellite from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

January 2010

DISH launches DISHWorld to distribute live international TV channels via IPTV platform

December 2009

DISH passes 14 million customers

May 2009

DISH adds DISH Remote Access, which gives customers the ability to access DVR features from any Internet-connected device

January 2009

DISH becomes the first pay-TV provider to offer a TV series in 1080p high-definition video format

January 2009

DISH introduces its SlingLoadedTM ViP®922, a high-definition receiver that incorporates place-shifting technology

July 2008

EchoStar successfully launches its Echo XI satellite from Long Beach, Calif.

January 2008

DISH introduces the ViP®612 HD DVR, an advanced MPEG-4, dual-tuner receiver

January 2008

EchoStar changes its name to DISH Network Corporation and creates sister company, EchoStar Corporation; EchoStar now serves as a key technology partner to DISH

September 2007

EchoStar acquires Sling Media, Inc.

August 2007

DISH introduces ViP®722 HD DVR, an advanced version of the ViP®622 DVR

December 2006

DISH passes 13 million customers

February 2006

EchoStar successfully launches its Echo X satellite from Long Beach, Calif.

October 2005

DISH introduces PocketDISH, a portable media companion

January 2005

DISH becomes the first in the pay-TV industry to offer 100 international channels

January 2005

DISH introduces the DISH Player-DVR 625 offering the company’s first video-on-demand service

January 2005

DISH introduces the DISH Player-DVR 942, the first multi-room satellite TV receiver that records in high definition

August 2004

DISH launches the first interactive TV multiple picture-in-picture application in the U.S.

June 2004

DISH passes 10 million customers

May 2004

DISH becomes the first satellite TV service to offer local channels to markets in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

September 2003

DISH becomes the first to reach 1 million DVRs in the TV industry

August 2003

EchoStar successfully launches its Echo IX satellite Long Beach, Calif.

January 2003

DISH unveils the DishPVR 921, the first widely-available satellite receiver with a built-in DVR that records in standard and high definition

August 2002

EchoStar successfully launches its EchoStar VIII satellite from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

February 2002

EchoStar successfully launches its Echo VII satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

January 2002

DISH introduces the DishPVR 508 satellite-TV receiver, a new and improved personal video recorder

October 2001

EchoStar Satellite L.L.C. merges with GM's Hughes Electronics

January 2001

EchoStar introduces the DISH PRO 501, its first satellite television receiver featuring a DVR and interactive TV

November 2000

DISH passes 5 million customers

July 2000

EchoStar successfully launches EchoStar VI satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

1990s

 

December 1999

EchoStar Communications Corporation is added to the NASDAQ 100 Index

September 1999

EchoStar successfully launches its Echo V satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

July 1999

DISH unveils DISH 500, the world's first 500-channel satellite TV system

January 1999

DISH passes 2 million customers

May 1998

EchoStar successfully launches Echo IV satellite from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

December 1997

DISH passes 1 million customers

October 1997

EchoStar successfully launches its Echo III satellite from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

September 1996

EchoStar successfully launches its Echo II satellite from Kourou, French Guiana

July 1996

DISH passes 100,000 customers

March 1996

DISH makes its first broadcast to customers from the Cheyenne Uplink Center in Cheyenne, Wyo.

December 1995

EchoStar successfully launches its Echo I satellite from Xichang, China

June 1995

EchoStar issues initial public stock offering

1992

EchoStar was granted access to orbital slot 119° West Longitude

1980s

 

1987

EchoStar filed for a Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) license with the FCC

1980

Charlie Ergen, Candy Ergen and Jim DeFranco founded EchoStar as a C-band satellite-TV distributor