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Dish Network Corporation -- Moody's says that DISH Network's agreement to acquire Broadcast Satellite Service business and other assets from EchoStar is credit positive

Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) says that DISH Network Corporation (Ba3 CFR) (DISH) and EchoStar Corporation (wholly owned subsidiary Hughes Satellite Systems Corporation B1 CFR) (EchoStar) agreement that will transfer certain EchoStar operations and other assets that comprise the company's Broadcast Satellite Service (BSS) Business, to DISH in exchange for approximately 22.9 million shares of DISH stock is credit positive for Dish and indirectly, its wholly owned subsidiary Dish DBS Corporation (B1 CFR) (DISH DBS), but it will not impact the current credit ratings or stable outlooks. The assets being transferred to DISH are expected to include nine direct broadcast satellites (DBS) and the certain key employees responsible for satellite operations, licensing for the 61.5-degree orbital slot, and select real estate properties.