Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 23, 1999-- EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH)(Nasdaq:DISHP) announced today that its EchoStar V satellite was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., early this morning.
The satellite was put into geosynchronous transfer orbit after a
2:02 a.m. EDT liftoff by a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS launch vehicle,
designated AC-155 for the EchoStar V mission. The launch was
originally scheduled for Sept. 10 but was delayed by Hurricane Floyd
and Tropical Storm Harvey.
"EchoStar is pleased to report a successful launch of our fifth
satellite that will serve DISH Network satellite television
customers," said Charlie Ergen, CEO and chairman of EchoStar. "The
historical launch of EchoStar V will enable DISH Network to become the
first in the nation to offer 500 channels on a single small dish,
including local network channels, high definition television and
interactive TV services."
"EchoStar V is especially important to consumers because it will
allow EchoStar to offer local network channels via satellite to more
than 60 percent of the U.S. population," Ergen added. "However, this
effort hinges on important satellite legislation that Congress should
finalize in the next few weeks. Without legislation that bolsters
competition and protects the rights of consumers to receive local
channels by satellite, consumers will continue to be throttled by the
rising costs and poor customer service of cable television."
EchoStar V was built by Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, Calif.,
based on its FS 1300 design. Once in final orbit at 110 degrees West
Longitude, EchoStar V will add 150 more audio and video channels to
the existing 350 channels of programming available on EchoStar's DISH
Network to become the first TV provider in the nation to offer 500
channels using a single small dish that can receive satellite signals
from EchoStar satellites located at both the 110 degrees W.L. and the
119 degrees W.L. orbital locations.
EchoStar V joins EchoStar's fleet of four satellites located at
119 degrees W.L., 110 degrees W.L. and 61.5 degrees W.L.
EchoStar is the leader in offering more channels and more
choices. In the first quarter of 2000, EchoStar plans to launch its
high-power EchoStar VI satellite into the 110 degrees W.L. orbital
location, offering consumers more digital video and audio channels,
high definition television, high-speed data services and local
EchoStar Communications Corp., includes three interrelated
-- DISH Network™ is EchoStar's state-of-the-art DBS system that offers customers over 500 channels of digital video and CD-quality audio programming, fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware and installation. DISH Network was rated number one in customer satisfaction in the pay TV industry 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 Telefonica's 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 currently serves 2.8 million customers and is a
trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation. DISH Network is
located on the Internet at www.dishnetwork.com.
CONTACT: EchoStar Communications Corp. Judianne Atencio, 303/723-2010 email@example.com Marc Lumpkin, 303/723-2020 firstname.lastname@example.org
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