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HBO chief Richard Plepler issued a firm response to Charlie Ergen, the CEO of Dish Network who held forth at length during Dish’s third-quarter earnings call about the current impasse with the AT&T-owned premium network. Ergen described the blackout last week of HBO, the first in the network’s 46-year history, as “purely an anti-competitive play” by AT&T, which owns Dish rival DirecTV. He also said it would have been “malpractice” for him to have approved signing the deal…