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EchoStar, Castle Cable Form Alliance to Provide DISH Network Satellite Television Services to Multi-Family Residential Complexes

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 2, 1999-- EchoStar to Deliver Digital DISH Network Satellite Television Services As Additional Tier to Castle Cable's Analog Service for Apartment Residents EchoStar Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH, DISHP) and Castle Cable Services, Inc., a private cable TV service provider since 1993, announced today at the 1999 Private and Wireless Show in Denver a joint agreement that will offer EchoStar's DISH Network™ digital satellite entertainment television service to residents of apartments and other multi-family residential complexes served by Castle Cable. This agreement will allow EchoStar to expand into the multiple dwelling unit (MDU) market by potentially exposing more than 20,000 apartment units serviced by Castle Cable to the hundreds of channels offered by DISH Network.

Castle Cable's customers will have the opportunity to receive DISH Network programming in addition to Castle Cable's on-property cable channels. Castle Cable will receive customer orders, provide billing services and distribute DISH Network satellite receivers to customers who subscribe to the service.

Where offered, DISH Network's digital television programming packages will be an optional additional tier of service available to Castle Cable basic and expanded basic cable customers. After the launch of EchoStar's fifth satellite on Sept. 10, DISH Network will be able to offer over 500 crystal-clear, CD-quality audio and video channels providing entertainment television, local broadcast TV networks and international programming.

"EchoStar is pleased to partner with Castle Cable, a leading private MDU cable service provider in the U.S.," said Jim DeFranco, EchoStar's executive vice president. "This agreement gives Castle Cable a more cost-effective way to expand its pay television services while at the same time increasing EchoStar's sales efforts into the MDU market. EchoStar will now have access to a larger number of MDU customers who will have full advantage of the more than 500 channel choices DISH Network has to offer."

"We are delighted to have entered into an alliance with EchoStar," said Robert Speicher, president and CEO of Castle Cable. "This enhancement of our service offering is a key component of our mission to provide superior products and services to multi-family residential communities." He noted that he expects Castle Cable to begin this new service on selected properties in the next few months.

EchoStar Communications Corp.

DISH Network is EchoStar's state-of-the-art DBS system that offers customers 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 currently serves 2.8 million customers. EchoStar V, EchoStar's newest, high-power direct broadcast satellite, is scheduled to launch on a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket on Sept. 10, 1999. 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. 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.

Castle Cable

Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Castle Cable is a leading provider of telecommunication services to the multi-housing industry. Castle Cable currently provides cable television services in several metropolitan areas including Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Denver.


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     CONTACT:  EchoStar Communications Corp.               
               Judianne Atencio, Communications Director                     
               303/723-2010                                
               e-mail:judianne.atencio@echostar.com 
               or
               Marc Lumpkin, Communications Manager                              
               303/723-2020                                
               e-mail: marc.lumpkin@echostar.com                                  
               or
               Castle Cable Services, Inc.
               Anne Walker, Vice President        
               707/546-6010
     
     KEYWORD: COLORADO CALIFORNIA UTAH ARIZONA
     INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENTERTAINMENT COMED COMPUTERS/ELECTRONICS
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