LITTLETON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 7, 1999--EchoStar Communications Corp. (Nasdaq:DISH) (Nasdaq:DISHP) announced today that its DISH Network™ satellite television service has grown to over 3 million customers, less than nine months after reaching 2 million subscribers, making EchoStar the fastest growing direct broadcast satellite (DBS) provider in the United States.
EchoStar added approximately 132,000 net new customers in September 1999, a record month for EchoStar and a 63 percent increase over the number of net new customers added in September 1998. This marks the 12th consecutive month DISH Network has achieved customer growth of over 100,000 net additions.
For the third quarter of 1999, DISH Network added 375,000 subscribers, an increase of 65 percent over the third quarter of 1998.
"This milestone for DISH Network is the result of the many contributions of over 4,000 employees, over 20,000 satellite retailers, and numerous programmers and vendors," said Charlie Ergen, chairman and CEO of EchoStar.
"With the successful launch of our fifth satellite in September and with the passage of fair legislation currently being debated by Congress, DISH Network is well positioned to offer 500 channels on a one-dish solution which includes local network programming by satellite. DISH Network is on its way toward its goal of placing a dish in every home, business and school in America. And we'll do it with the same low prices on programming and equipment that our subscribers have grown accustomed to." -0-
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.
Note to Editors: 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.