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Take action against DISH Network: Dish Network Chairman Ergen to take stand and defend T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Once again all eyes are on Charlie Ergen. The volatile Dish Network Chairman, who was the linchpin of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division's decision to approve the $26.5 billion T-Mobile US, Inc. purchase of Sprint Corporation is expected to take the stand and testify in Federal Court Tuesday, and argue that a coalition of state attorneys general should not be allowed to block the controversial merger. Ergen was central in the DOJ's decision to allow the merger by agreeing to purchase spectrum from the carriers and start a new, fourth wireless telephone company to address antitrust concerns that the deal would eliminate a major provider and lead to higher prices for consumers. Now Ergen is back on center stage; he's considered the top witness in persuading Senior U.S. District Judge of the Southern District of New York Victor Marrero to ultimately approve the deal by rejecting the government's argument that Dish's wireless company makes for a weak competitor.

DISH Network headlines: Dish Network agrees to pay $1.25 million in discrimination case

X Trending: Dish Network has agreed to pay $1.25 million to compensate job seekers who alleged a discriminatory online application process denied them the opportunity to work at the Douglas County satellite television provider, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday. Dish Network has also agreed that to put a prominent statement on its applications stating that it will provide required reasonable accommodations, as well as direction on how to obtain those accommodations.

Latest DISH Network consumer news: Dish network employees in El Paso making face shields for hospital workers at UMC

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Help can often come from unexpected place. Employees at Dish Network's manufacturing are now making face shields for hospital workers at University Medical Center. “We started looking at what type of shortages the rest of the country was having. We jumped on the opportunity prior to it happening here, so we started building our own," UMC industrial health engineer Jose Garza said. UMC reached out to Dish to see if they could get help making the shields.

DISH Network headlines: Fox Sports networks dropped from Dish Network, Sling Friday in new carriage dispute

Dish Network and Sling subscribers lost access to 21 regional Fox Sports regional networks Friday after the satellite and streaming service and television network failed to reach a new agreement. The outage started at noon ET Friday and both sides say in competing statements that the other is to blame for the blackout. Fox Sports said on its website that officials "offered to extend DISH and Sling under the current terms of our existing agreement, but DISH and Sling rejected our offer." The outage currently affects MLB, NBA and NHL games on the regional networks.

DISH Network headlines: NFL Network, RedZone goes dark on DISH Network, Sling TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NFL Network and NFL RedZone went dark on DISH Network and Sling TV Thursday night as both sides try to reach a new distribution agreement. The league said in a release that “while NFL Media remains committed to negotiating an agreement and has offered terms consistent with those in place with other distributors, DISH has not agreed.” DISH said on its website that “the NFL has chosen to remove their channels during these unprecedented times” and that they hope to reach an agreement before the season starts. The NFL is still deep into the offseason with preseason games not scheduled to begin for another two months. The lack of an agreement impacts 11.32 million subscribers. DISH has 9.01 million and Sling TV accounts for another 2.31 million.

Hold DISH Network responsible: CBS, Dish Network resolve dispute, end blackout

WASHINGTON — CBS Corp and Dish Network Corp have reached a multi-year agreement that will continue delivering the network’s programming to Dish’s 14 million subscribers, ending a dispute between the two companies. A CBS statement on Saturday did not disclose the financial terms of the deal but said it will result in the dismissal of pending litigation between the companies. Talks between Dish and CBS fell apart after two extensions to their contract’s initial Nov. 20 expiration, which had allowed them to extend negotiations and keep CBS and its Sports Cable channel available to Dish subscribers. On Friday, CBS said it would no longer be available to Dish viewers in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other markets.

DISH Network headlines: Dish to Make Unspecified Number of Layoffs Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Dish Network said it is planning to make a “focused” set of layoffs across the company, as it deals with the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis. Dish had 16,000 employees as of Dec. 31, 2019, according to SEC filings. The pay-TV company didn’t disclose how many jobs it expected to cut. In a statement, Dish said, “Due to the current economic climate, combined with changing needs of our customers and how we best serve them, Dish has made the difficult decision to reevaluate our organization.” The No. 2 satellite operator, which also offers the Sling TV over-the-top streaming TV service, said the staff cuts will “align our workforce with the current and future needs of the business.” Dish CEO Erik Carlson announced the cutbacks in a memo to employees, as first reported by Reuters and confirmed by the company. “The pandemic has forced us to take a closer look at every aspect of our business, at our work volumes, our areas of focus and investments, and the performance of our team members,” Carlson wrote.

DISH Network customers take note: NBC Sports Chicago is unlikely to appear on Dish Network anytime soon

In 2007, my family made the pilgrimage from the city to the suburbs. Comcast cable had provided our TV package, so we arranged for the service to be moved. Then the Big Ten Network launched, and Comcast didn’t pick it up. Faster than you can say “Oskee Wow Wow,” I cancelled Comcast and signed on with Dish Network, which offered a promotion that included BTN. For 12 years, we subscribed to Dish. Carriage disputes popped up here and there, as with any TV provider, and they were resolved without significant interruption. Dish’s technology improved over the years, and we were happy with it. But when Fox, Fox Sports 1 and BTN were pulled from Dish last month, I began to worry. They returned in 12 days, but not before we missed several games that mattered to us. When the relaunched NBC Sports Chicago went dark this month, I figured our relationship with Dish was coming to an end.

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