LITTLETON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 1999--EchoStar Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH, DISHP) is proud to announce that DISH Network™ will exclusively offer Channel Korea starting Nov. 1.
Channel Korea is the only 24-hour Korean-language video channel that offers popular programming from both Korea and the United States. Broadcasting from the United States, Channel Korea caters to first-and second- generation Korean Americans with a mix of traditional and modern entertainment. It features news, documentaries, sports, music videos, talk shows, dramas, children's programming, plus Korean soccer league games beginning in 2000.
"We're extremely pleased to be able to provide a quality 24-hour-a-day Korean language channel," said Michael Schwimmer, vice president of Programming for EchoStar. "There are approximately 2 million U.S. Koreans, and Channel Korea is the first step providing entertainment to a community that, until now, has had minimal choices in television programming."
"Channel Korea is pleased to join the top-quality line-up of international programming on DISH Network," said Mr. Boo Lee, president of Channel Korea. "Broadcasting on DISH Network is an excellent outlet to help bridge the generation gap in the Korean American community while entertaining them as well."
Channel Korea will be offered with a DISH Network dish antenna pointed at the 119 degrees West Longitude orbital location on channel 654 for only $19.99 per month or $239.88 annually.
For more information about DISH Network's international programming, visit www.dishnetwork.com/programming/international.
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 rated 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 on a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket. EchoStar V allows DISH Network to offer 500 channels, including high definition television, more local channels, and high-speed interactive television and data services.
For more information, visit www.dishnetwork.com.