Charlie Chat on DISH Network 101
It’s rare to find a rich businessman who reaches out to the regular folks buying his company’s products. But that’s exactly what Charlie Ergen, DISH Network®’s founder and CEO, does with Charlie Chat on DISH Network 101. On Charlie Chat, DISH Network’s future developments are announced by Charlie Ergen of DISH Network himself. You may also see ads for upcoming new and exclusive programming or Charlie Ergen of DISH Network, as well as DISH Network’s co-founder and Senior Executive, Jim DeFranco, interview a celebrity guest.
Of course, considering that Charlie Ergen is DISH Network’s founder, only DISH Network customers have access to Charlie Chat as part of their DISH Network subscriptions. But that makes sense because those who tune into Charlie Chat on DISH Network 101 can e-mail Charlie Ergen their DISH Network questions, and some of those questions will be answered on live TV.
Other interesting Charlie Chat features include the ability for DISH Network customers to contact Charlie Ergen of DISH Network using Skype. Some of these live Skype calls will also appear on Charlie Chat on DISH Network 101, meaning viewers tuned into Charlie Chat on DISH Network 101 from all over the country will be able to see your face if your call is chosen. Think you’d like to know more? Keep reading for a rundown of last quarter’s Charlie Chat on DISH Network 101.
A Recent Episode of Charlie Chat on DISH Network
The most recent episode of Charlie Chat aired on DISH Network 101 on Aug. 23, 2010. It was the show’s 14th anniversary of being on the air so Charlie Ergen and DISH Network Senior Executive Jim DeFranco interviewed two guests instead of just one: NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson and Aaron Paul from AMC’s “Breaking Bad”.
The interview with Hanson was very comical and featured some inside information on the host’s restroom habits. The segment also featured a trivia question about how many touchdowns NFL teams scored in the 2009-2010 season. The prize for answering the question right was a free year’s subscription to NFL RedZone, and Charlie and Jim also announced a fantasy football competition whose winner would take home a free 40-inch flat-screen TV.
As for Aaron Paul’s segment, it was very interesting to hear the actor’s take on his character in “Breaking Bad,” Jesse Pinkman. According to Paul, Pinkman sees himself as the “bad guy,” but is actually the “loveable drug addict.” Charlie Chat also showed a clip from the upcoming season of “Breaking Bad,” and Paul revealed that he actually visited a rehab center to learn more about his character. He also talked about how he came to Hollywood when he was only 17 and how he spent many years working commercial gigs.
The August episode of Charlie Chat was prematurely preempted by a Katy Perry concert. So to recap what viewers missed, DISH Network posted a summary on several online forums. The answer to the trivia question was 1024 and the winner of the free RedZone package was Edward White from Otsego, MN. Ergen also revealed that DISH Network plans to unveil its 3D programming late in 2010, with the caveat that 3D technology won’t hit its stride until 2011. He and DeFranco went on to discuss how 3D technology would be integrated into DISH Network’s technology and how subscribers to 3D channels would likely need 3D glasses.
Stay tuned for future episodes of Charlie Chat - only on DISH Network 101. So if you want to subscribe to a satellite TV provider whose owners interact with their customers on a regular basis and who allow customers to hold them accountable, you’ll want to go with DISH Network. Check out InternetLion.com’s DISH Network deals or click here to learn more about the benefits of switching to DISH Network today!
Disclaimer: Please note that this article was written when the satellite TV provider DISH was branded as DISH Network. As of 2/1/2012 DISH Network has changed their branding name to DISH. Article post date: 01/26/2011.