- Feb 6, 2006
http://www.wildblue.com/company/doPressReleaseDetailsAction.do?pressReleaseID=31 said:WildBlue Signs Wholesale Distribution Agreements with DIRECTV and EchoStar
High-Speed Internet Service via Satellite to be Made Available to DIRECTV and DISH Network Subscribers Nationwide
Denver, Colorado - WildBlue Communications, Inc., a leading provider of broadband access to consumers and small offices primarily in rural areas and small cities, today announced that they have signed five year wholesale distribution agreements with each of DIRECTV, Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH). As part of these agreements, WildBlue is the only satellite-based Internet solution that each of DIRECTV and EchoStar will offer to their respective customers for the next 5 years. DIRECTV and EchoStar currently offer digital television entertainment via satellite to a combined total of more than 27 million customers nationwide. WildBlue provides broadband Internet access via satellite to homes and small businesses in communities not currently served, or that are underserved, by other broadband providers.
Each of DIRECTV and EchoStar intends to begin offering WildBlue high-speed Internet service in the coming months across the contiguous United States with further details on availability and pricing of their respective offerings to be forthcoming. The offerings will be provided separately under the DIRECTV and EchoStar brand names, and sub-branded as “powered by WildBlue.” The WildBlue broadband offering will be focused on small town America and rural markets.
“Our agreements with DIRECTV and EchoStar are a turning point for WildBlue,” said David Leonard, WildBlue’s Chief Executive Officer. “We have worked very hard this year to make our affordable broadband Internet service available to every home and small business across the continental U.S., and we are pleased to be working with DIRECTV and EchoStar to further strengthen our presence nationwide and to extend their respective product offerings as well.”
Seems strange DirecTV will be selling WildBlue - I know they moved HughesNet off as a separate company, but I thought there was still some connection. Does this mean The Tate will soon be selling WildBlue as well?
And actually, as an independent WB Dealer & Installer, I'm not real excited about this - to me it probably means more competition from Dish & DirecTV dealers. But, Ce la Vie!