Direct-broadcast satellite provider EchoStar Communications Corp. and SBC Communications Inc. are forging a new
partnership to provide multichannel-video service as part of SBC's bundled
To help fund the venture, dubbed SBC Dish Network, SBC will invest $500
million in EchoStar, convertible to stock.
The service -- which will provide integrated ordering, billing and customer
service -- is slated to roll out in early 2004.
SBC has been looking for ways to offer video service to its bundled
Also Monday, DirecTV Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc. unveiled a new
partnership to deliver DirecTV service to Qwest's single-family subscribers in
Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., and Seattle.
The service will roll out in 2003 and 2004.
The two companies also extended a similar existing deal for multifamily