EchoStar Seeks Partner; CEO Talks With SES Global


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EchoStar Communications Corp. (NasdaqNM:DISH - News) , confronting larger rivals with deeper pockets, is discussing a potentially wide-ranging alliance with Luxembourg's SES Global SA that would extend to new lines of business outside the U.S., Monday's Wall Street Journal reported, citing industry officials.

EchoStar Communications Chief Executive Charles Ergen, who runs the No. 2 satellite-broadcaster in the U.S., still is assessing the damage from last week's bitter public clash with Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA - News) , which temporarily yanked certain popular channels off EchoStar's Dish Network. But these officials said Mr. Ergen also has been talking about a possible pact with SES, the largest global satellite operator, including joint ventures on a number of future satellites. Down the road, the talks also envision the two companies launching a major Internet-via-satellite project in Latin America.

The negotiations remain preliminary, and a resolution could take months or even longer. SES is talking with other U.S. satellite players as well. But the contacts with EchoStar seek to build on a partnership already in place in the U.S., one that's slated to begin offering broadband services to rural customers across the country within the next year. If successful, the continuing discussions would substantially expand that strategic alliance and pave the way for EchoStar's first foray outside the U.S.

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SES Looks to Expand Alliance with EchoStar

NEW YORK (Reuters) - SES Global SA, the largest global satellite operator, on Monday said it was interested in expanding a partnership with EchoStar Communications Corp. that would give the satellite broadcaster much-needed satellite capacity in coming years.

"We have an interest in building this relationship and possibly expanding it," said SES spokesman Yves Feltes.

SES, based in Luxembourg, was responding to a report in the Wall Street Journal that it had already begun talks with EchoStar to expand the broadcaster's business outside the United States. Feltes declined to say if such talks were taking place.

Citing industry officials, the newspaper report said EchoStar Chief Executive Charles Ergen was discussing a possible pact with SES that would include joint ventures on a number of future satellites and, later, an Internet-via-satellite project in Latin America.

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Perhaps we should ask the question - what could Dish do with more bandwidth? How could they use more bandwidth to compete?

>More HDTV
>Broadband Internet
>More Channels
>All Local Channel Availability
>PPV On Demand

New Ideas for lots of bandwidth.....
>Classified ads
>Advertisting to lower costs of programming
>Enhanced gaming (like Dishplayer 7X00 with updates)
>Gaming for PS2, GameCube, XBOX
Stargazer let me just modify that list for you slightly....

>More HDTV
>More HDTV
>More HDTV
>More HDTV
>More HDTV

There, that's better.......

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