Dish Network, commonly referred to just as DISH, was founded in March 1996 as Echostar. The company was originally a distributor of C Band satellite TV systems. They launched their first satellite Echostar I at the end of 1995. They made their first broadcast in March of 1996.
In 1999, Dish was the first to release a HDTV tuner. In 2003, Echostar IX was launched, which allowed broadcasting of all local channels to US consumers.
In 2011, Dish acquired the assets of bankrupt Blockbuster Inc. and subsequently added Blockbuster Movie Pass to their offerings.
In 2012, Dish dropped Network from their name and just goes by DISH. Their parent company is still called Dish Network.
Dish currently services over 14 million customers in the US.