NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 1999--EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDASQ: DISH, DISHP) is pleased to announce today that Popular Science, the world's largest science and technology magazine, has chosen EchoStar's DISHPlayer satellite television system to receive the highly coveted "Best of What's New" award. DISHPlayer appears in Popular Science's 12th annual "Best of What's New" issue, delivered to newsstands today. EchoStar will accept the award in a ceremony to be held at Tavern on the Green in Central Park, New York City, on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
Jointly developed with WebTV Networks, Inc., DISHPlayer is the world's first interactive satellite TV receiver with a built-in, ultrafast 8.6 gigabyte hard drive capable of simultaneously recording and playing back full-quality digital video. The disk drive makes possible a number of enhanced Personal Television (PTV) features, including TV Pause ("freezing" a TV show and resuming when the viewer is ready to watch again); skip, fast-forward or rewind any recorded program; digital video recording (automatic recording of several hours of high-quality digital video), and downloadable video games via satellite. And, with the optional WebTV Plus service for satellite, customers can also browse the Internet, chat online with friends and family, send email and easily build web pages - all via their TV set. Additional PTV features and a new DISHPlayer with an upgraded hard drive will be available soon.
"We're extremely proud that DISHPlayer has received the 'Best of What's New' award from Popular Science magazine," said Mary Peterson, vice president of Marketing at EchoStar. "DISHPlayer is revolutionary in that it is four products in one: a digital video recorder, Internet browser, game player and satellite TV receiver that can provide you with access to over 500 channels of crystal-clear digital video and CD-quality audio. Plus, you can get personal television services and games delivered directly through your satellite dish, which means the DISHPlayer you buy today is equipped for future product enhancements."
Other key features include DISHPlayer's rich electronic programming guide (EPG) and TV Search capability; a search engine that gives viewers the power to easily find subjects of interest from the detailed TV show listings using DISHPlayer's wireless keyboard. This advanced EPG also links Internet content with programming found in TV Listings, providing easily accessible program-related information at the touch of a button on the remote. DISHPlayer supports popular multimedia e-mail features included in the WebTV Network service, allowing a subscriber to easily plug in a camcorder and send pictures and audio clips through e-mail. The WebTV Plus service for satellite also will offer a variety of games such as You Don't Know Jack™, which can be updated via satellite.
Throughout the year, Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and innovations, and features a select few in its monthly "What's New" department. A total of 100 winners in 10 categories (Audio & Video, Automotive Technology, Aviation & Space, Cars, Computers & Software, Electronics, Home Technology, Photography, Recreation, and Science & Technology), including 10 Grand Prize winners, make it into the coveted Best of What's New issue. Each award winner represents a significant step forward in its category and more importantly, each winner must in some way improve the quality of life whether the product or technology is intended to entertain, heal the sick, or advance the body of human knowledge.
Photos and a complete list of winners are available upon request or can be viewed online at http://www.popsci.com.
Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world's largest science and technology magazine with a circulation of 1.6 million in the U.S. alone. Popular Science is currently published in 5 languages worldwide and is the fifth-oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. Popular Science is published by Times Mirror Magazines, (NYSE: TMC) one of the world's leading publishers of special interest, leisure-oriented magazines.
EchoStar Communications Corp., includes three interrelated business units:
-- 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 Technologies Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes DBS set-top boxes, antennas and other digital equipment for the DISH Network and various international customers that include ExpressVu Canada and the Via Digital system in Spain. ETC provides construction, oversight and project integration services for customers internationally. ETC also oversees EchoStar Data Networks Corporation in Atlanta, a leading supplier of MediaStream® technology for distributing Internet content over satellite networks.
-- Satellite Services provides the delivery of video, audio and data services to business television customers and other satellite users. These services include satellite uplink, satellite transponder space usage and other services. Satellite Services also administers SKY VISTA, a direct broadcast satellite service offering popular digital satellite television programming to viewers in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories in the Caribbean.
DISH Network, which currently serves over 3 million customers, is
a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation. DISH Network is located on the Internet at www.dishnetwork.com.
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