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Echostar And Encore Media Group Partner For Dish Network Marketing Promotion At Sears

Promotions Offers Free Fleece Blanket to New DISH Network, STARZ!/Encore Customers

Littleton & Englewood, Colo., Nov. 3, 1999 – Encore Media Group LLC’s (EMG) premium movie service STARZ! and EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH, DISHP) are partnering for an extensive promotional campaign in approximately 1,600 Sears stores nationwide. The promotion offers a free STARZ! fleece blanket, a $40 value, when a consumer purchases a DISH Network™ system (free after rebate) and orders the America’s Top 100 CD programming package and STARZ!/Encore Movie Package. The promotion will run through Dec. 31.

"Cozy Up to Hit Movies This Season" is the first joint national retail campaign for EchoStar’s DISH Network and EMG. DISH Network’s STARZ!/Encore Movie Package consists of four screens of EMG channels including STARZ!, STARZ! Theater, The New Encore and Westerns.

The campaign marks a high level of integrated marketing promotions and brings together programming and marketing elements to create an appealing offer for potential DISH Network and STARZ! subscribers.

"Our strategy is to effectively target potential new STARZ! subscribers and DISH Network customers by leveraging the vast, national retail footprint of a terrific promotional partner in Sears," noted Leslie Nittler, vice president of New Media for EMG. "With this campaign, EMG has taken aggressive steps to support EchoStar during the strongest sales period of the year."

"We’re pleased to work with STARZ!/Encore and Sears in this exclusive promotion," said Mary Peterson, vice president of Marketing for EchoStar. "Together we are offering more value for Sears and DISH Network customers."

The DISH Network STARZ!/Encore Movie Package campaign will feature:

STARZ! is the first-run premium movie service from EMG, offering exclusive movies from Universal Pictures, Miramax Films, Touchstone/Hollywood Pictures, New Line Cinema and Fine Line Features, among others. Subscribers to STARZ! will see exclusive premieres of many recent Hollywood hits, such as Enemy of The State, Patch Adams, A Civil Action, and Babe: Pig in the City.

DISH Network is EchoStar's state-of-the-art DBS system with the capability to offer 500 channels of digital video and CD-quality audio programming, fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware and installation. DISH Network is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation and serves over 3 million customers. 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 Sept. 23. EchoStar V will allow DISH Network to offer 500 channels, including high definition television, more local channels, and high-speed interactive television and data services.

Through its network of 852 full-line stores and more than 2,100 specialty stores, Sears provides apparel, home and automotive products and related services for families throughout America, serving nearly 60 million households.

EMG is the largest provider of cable and satellite-delivered premium movie networks in the United States, currently counting more than 50 million pay units through its ownership of 13 domestic channels, including STARZ! and its theme channels, the New Encore and thematic channels such as Mystery, Action, Love Stories, Westerns, True Stories and WAM!. Encore is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Group (NYSE: LMGa and LMGb).

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