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Our History

DISH prides itself on a history of groundbreaking customer service and product innovation. See how DISH has continually changed the pay-TV landscape over the past 40 years. We’ve heard you since the beginning...

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2018

And beyond...

DISH is moving into uncharted territory, but that's nothing new for us. Join us as we shape the future of communications and technology.

Alexa
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2017

DISH Hopper
+ Amazon Alexa.
Even Better Together.

Hands-free TV for everyone. With Amazon Alexa, you can control your Hopper® Smart DVR with just your voice. It's just another way DISH is Tuned In To You™.

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2016

Don’t watch? Don’t pay.

DISH introduces the Flex Pack™, where viewers can create their own TV package based on what they love to watch – with the ability to add and drop Channel Packs anytime they want.

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2016

Say goodbye to
TV conflicts.

DISH unveils Hopper 3 Smart DVR with 4K-compatibility, and the ability to record up to 16 shows at once. TV lovers get the most advanced DVR ever to record all their shows, binge-watch freely and have more recording space than ever before

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2015

DISH goes over-the-top.

Sling TV launches at CES, offering customers a new internet-based, a la carte, OTT TV solution.

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2015

No more bill increases.

The 2-Year TV Price Guarantee is launched, giving viewers the same price on their TV package for 24 months of worry-free TV.

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2014

No more
switching remotes.

DISH becomes the first pay-TV provider to integrate Netflix into its Hopper, letting people access their favorite Netflix shows and movies easier than ever.

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2013

TV goes wireless.

The Wireless Joey debuts, making unsightly TV cords and wires a thing of the past. Viewers can now put their TVs anywhere there is a power outlet.

Double DVR
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2012

Commercial-free
whole-home entertainment.

DISH introduces AutoHop®, and the Hopper® and Joey® whole-home HD DVR system. With the AutoHop® feature, viewers get commercial-free TV by skipping commercials faster. The Hopper® and Joey® give TV lovers the ability to watch their recorded shows in HD in any room.

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2009

Live TV. Anytime.
Anywhere.

DISH Anywhere is born, giving viewers 100% of their live and recorded entertainment on the go.

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2005

TV in your room

DISH introduces the DISH Player-DVR 942, the first multi-room satellite TV receiver that records in high definition*, to give families everywhere the ability to watch TV in whichever room they want.

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2001

Never miss a show.

The DVR is born. DISH introduces the DishPVR 501 satellite-TV receiver, a new and improved personal video recorder, and changes the way people record and watch TV forever.

DISH Rocket
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1995

Echo I brings
satellite TV to all.

The Echo I satellite launches and provides TV for Americans all across the country.

Alexa
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1980 - 1994

DISH Hopper + Amazon Alexa.
Even Better Together.

Hands-free TV for everyone. With Amazon Alexa, you can control your Hopper® Smart DVR with just your voice. It's just another way DISH is Tuned In To You™.

DISH Beginings

1995 1980

Where it all started.

Three people – Charlie Ergen, Candy Ergen and Jim DeFranco – were hauling an enormous C-band TV dish antenna via pickup truck to a customer in remote Colorado. In the early 1980s this was one of only two dish antennas owned by the developing new business. A powerful gust of wind whipped up, blowing the antenna off its trailer and into a roadside ditch. There goes half of the company.

Summed up as a bad day in the infancy of DISH, the founding trio overcame this setback to build what is now a Fortune 250 company that employs thousands and serves millions throughout the nation – a seemingly unlikely future on that blustery day.