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DISH Q2 revenue up, subs down

August 6, 2013

US satellite TV broadcaster DISH Network has reported revenue of $3.61 billion for the quarter ending June 30th 2013, compared to $3.57 billion for the corresponding period in 2012. Subscriber-related revenue increased 4.9 per cent to $3.46 billion from $3.30 billion in the year-ago period.

Net loss attributable to DISH Network totalled $11 million for the quarter ending June 30th 2013, compared to $226 million in net income earned in the year-ago quarter. Net income in the quarter was impacted by the $438 million impairment of two of the three satellites acquired through the TerreStar and DBSD transactions.

“We are pleased to see continued growth in Hopper receiver take rates, as well as growth in broadband-connected subscribers,” said Joseph P. Clayton, DISH president and CEO. “This performance reflects efforts like our DISH Anywhere mobile app and our iPad 2 promotion with Apple, and will set the stage for long-range revenue performance.”

Pay-TV ARPU for the second quarter totaled $80.90 compared to the year-ago period’s pay-TV ARPU of $77.59. Pay-TV subscriber churn rate increased to 1.67 per cent versus 1.60 per cent for second quarter 2012, impacted by DISH’s first programming package price increase in two years.

DISH added approximately 624,000 gross new pay-TV subscribers compared to approximately 665,000 gross new pay-TV subscribers in the prior year’s second quarter. Total subscribers declined approximately 78,000 in the second quarter. The company ended the second quarter with 14.014 million pay-TV subscribers compared to 14.061 million pay-TV subscribers at the end of second quarter 2012.

DISH added approximately 61,000 net broadband subscribers in the second quarter, bringing its broadband subscriber base to approximately 310,000, a 24 per cent increase sequentially. DISH added approximately 11,000 net broadband subscribers in the second quarter of 2012.

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