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EchoStar, MVS bring DTH to Mexico

Tue, 11/25/2008 - 7:05am
Brian Santo

EchoStar and MVS Communicaciones have formed a joint venture, through which the latter will provide direct-to-home satellite service in Mexico. The service will also carry the Dish brand name.

The deal is one of EchoStar’s first successful forays outside of the U.S. market after having separated its Dish Network service into one company and its satellite operations and set-top manufacturing into another.

MVS Communicaciones operates a microwave transmission network, providing video service in 11 Mexican cities. MVS said it has 570,000 subscribers.

Dish Mexico will be offered first in the cities of Pueblo and Leon, and it will be rolled out gradually through the rest of the country. The basic tier will include 25 channels, with programming in both Spanish and English. 

MVS’ Dish will be hosted on an EchoStar satellite. The two companies said that EchoStar will also be contributing dish antennas, satellite receivers, remote controls and a secure conditional access system to the joint venture.

Financial terms of the joint venture were not disclosed.

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