Echostar owns DISH Network. DISH lost its distro deal with BellSouth which is affecting its subscriber counts. "Dish Network reported a net loss of 94,000 subscribers during the quarter, leaving it with 13.6 million. The service has shed subscribers each of the last four quarters." [BizJournal] DirecTV has 18.1M subs.
The key number for me is that DISH has "..reduced the average cost of acquiring a new subscriber to $659 from $709 a year earlier."
At $40 per month, its along time to get $700 back!
DISH had "revenue of $2.91 billion in Q1, up 2.1 percent," and "earnings of $312.7 million."