Echostar adds TCI movie nets

Satcaster Echostar will add TCI’s premium movie channels Encore and Starz! to its Dish Network lineup at the end of the month.

The deal gives the feevee channels the potential to reach another 1 million subscribers. Echostar’s Dish Network is expected to pass the 1 million subscriber mark early next year.

At present, the 7-year-old Encore channel has a subscriber base of just over 10 million, while sibling Starz!, launched in 1994, has about 6 million subs. Encore and Starz!, run by a subsidiary of cable giant Tele-Communications Inc., are not carried by the leading domestic DBS service, the DirecTV/U.S. Satellite Broadcasting partnership.

TCI is a part owner of the nation’s second largest DBS service, Primestar, which does carry Encore and Starz!

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