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Dish Network Q1-2015 revenue up 5.3%; income doubles despite losing subscribers

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BENGALURU: US subscription Pay TV service company Dish Network Corporation reported 5.3 per cent growth in revenue for the quarter ended 31 March, 2015 (Current quarter, Q1-2015) at $3724.23 million as compared to the $3594.20 million in the corresponding year ago quarter.



Dish Network’s income almost doubled (up 99.8 per cent) to $358.49 million in the current quarter as compared to the $175.93 million in Q1-2014. Consequently diluted earnings per share (diluted EPS) doubled to $0.76 from $0.38.

 

The company activated approximately 554,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers compared to approximately 639,000 gross new Pay-TV subscribers in the prior year's first quarter. Net Pay-TV subscribers declined by approximately 134,000 or 21.8 per cent in Q1-2015. The company closed the current quarter with 13.844 million Pay-TV subscribers, compared to 14.097 million Pay-TV subscribers in Q1-2014.

 

Pay-TV ARPU (average revenue per user) for the first quarter totalled $86.01, 4.4 per cent higher as compared to Q1-2014 Pay-TV ARPU of $82.36. The company reveals that Pay-TV subscriber churn rate was higher at 1.65 per cent versus 1.42 per cent for Q1-2014.

 

Higher ARPU meant that subscriber revenue increased 3.7 per cent to $3688.92 million in Q1-2015 from $3556.19 million in the previous year. Equipment related revenue was almost flat at $22.47 million in Q1-2015 as compared to the $22.24 million in the corresponding quarter of last year. Echo Star revenue (Equipment sales, services and other revenue) declined 18.6 per cent in Q1-2015 to $12.84 million as compared to the $15.77 million in Q1-2014.

 

Subscriber related expenses rose 4.5 per cent to $2162.77 million in Q1-2015 from $2069.13 million in the corresponding year ago quarter. Satellite and transmission costs in the current quarter rose 25 per cent to $186.84 million from $149.5 million in Q1-2014. Subscriber acquisition cost declined 11.6 per cent to $396.92 million in Q1-2015 as compared to $449.15 million in the year ago quarter.

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