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DISH Network Launches Local Channels to 33 Percent of U.S. Households

LITTLETON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 24, 1999--EchoStar Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH, DISHP) announced that DISH Network™ will begin beaming local channels by satellite at noon on Monday, Nov. 29, to 13 of the nation's largest markets as President Clinton signs the satellite TV legislation into law. DISH Network can now offer true competition to cable TV by providing ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX local network channels in these 13 selected cities covering approximately 33 percent of the total U.S. households. DISH Network will also launch local channel service to seven additional cities before the end of 1999 and to 13 additional cities during the first quarter of 2000, bringing local channels to over 30 of the nation's largest markets which reach approximately 60 percent of the U.S. households. With EchoStar's new DISH 500 satellite TV systems, consumers can now subscribe to hundreds of all-digital channel choices, including local broadcast networks, using a convenient, single small dish.

Starting Monday, DISH Network will offer consumers local channel packages in the following 13 cities for only $4.99 per month: New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Atlanta; Miami; Phoenix; Denver; Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

EchoStar also plans to offer local channel service in approximately 20 of the following 30 cities, depending upon favorable retransmission consent agreements with network broadcasters in these cities: Philadelphia; Detroit; Houston; Seattle/Tacoma; Cleveland; Minneapolis; Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.; Sacramento, Calif.; St. Louis; Orlando, Fla.; Baltimore; Portland, Ore.; Indianapolis; San Diego; Hartford, Conn.; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Cincinnati; Nashville, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Columbus, Ohio; Kansas City, Mo.; Roanoke, Va.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Las Vegas; Memphis, Tenn.; New Orleans; Jacksonville, Fla.; and San Antonio.

"DISH Network now gives consumers a real alternative to the rising rates and poor customer service of cable TV," said Charlie Ergen, chairman and CEO of EchoStar. "With the president's signature on the new satellite TV law, DISH Network can now offer a clear choice to consumers who want their local broadcast networks along with hundreds of crystal-clear, all-digital channels."

EchoStar also plans to offer popular independent network channels in some markets along with the ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX network stations and a national PBS feed.

To find out how you can get your local channels along with hundreds of channels of popular satellite television programming, visit, call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) or contact your local DISH Network retailer.

DISH Network is also breaking the price barrier by reducing the MSRP of a multiroom-ready Model 3822 DISH 500 satellite TV system from $249 to $199! EchoStar's new Model 3822 satellite TV receiver includes a DISH 500 small dish antenna and will be offered for only $199 during a special DISH 500 promotion for new customers from Nov. 29 through Jan. 31. Equipped with dual amplifiers, DISH 500 is designed to receive signals from EchoStar satellites located at both 119 degrees West Longitude and 110 degrees W.L., offering customers hundreds of channels, including local channels, without requiring additional equipment. DISH Network also offers the Model 3822 for FREE after rebate in conjunction with DISH Network's One-Rate Plan through Dec. 31, 1999.

DISH Network's all-digital programming packages start as low as $19.99 per month. DISH Network One-Rate Plans are subject to certain terms and conditions and are only available to qualifying customers. Call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) or go to for more information about DISH Network One-Rate Plans and the new DISH 500 satellite TV system.

DISH Network is EchoStar's state-of-the-art direct broadcast satellite system that is capable of offering over 500 channels of digital video and CD-quality audio programming, fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware and installation. DISH Network was also ranked number one in customer satisfaction among satellite/cable TV subscribers by the J.D. Power and Associates 1999 Cable/Satellite TV Customer Satisfaction Study. EchoStar V, EchoStar's newest high-power direct broadcast satellite, launched on a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket on Sept. 23, 1999, to the 110 degrees W.L. orbital location. In addition to local channels, EchoStar V allows DISH Network to offer 500 channels, including high-definition television, Dolby Digital surround sound, Internet and high-speed interactive television and data services, all on a single dish. DISH Network, which currently serves over 3.1 million customers, is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation. DISH Network is located on the Internet at

CONTACT: EchoStar Communications Corp. Judianne Atencio, Communications Director 303/723-2010 or Marc Lumpkin, Communications Manager 303/723-2020

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