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EchoStar Acquires Eldon Technology Limited

LITTLETON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 27, 1999--EchoStar Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH, DISHP) announced today that privately held Eldon Technology Limited, a digital electronics design firm based in the U.K., has been acquired by EchoStar UK Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of EchoStar Communications Corporation. EchoStar UK Holdings Limited acquired the entire issued share capital of Eldon Technology Limited for US$9 million.

"Eldon Technology Limited brings years of experience and success in designing digital televisions and set-top boxes in the European marketplace and will serve as an important tool for EchoStar," said Mike Dugan, president of EchoStar Technologies Corp. "The acquisition of Eldon Technology will strengthen EchoStar's product design capabilities for satellite receivers and integrated televisions in both the international and U.S. markets."

"Eldon Technology hopes to provide design services to third parties and existing customers, thus continuing its current business while providing a valuable addition to the EchoStar engineering team designing EchoStar-branded products," said Stuart Holmes, managing director of Eldon Technology Limited. "The commercial side of the business will continue to support the third party work while taking an active part in forming and maintaining strategic relationships within the industry for the benefit of the organization as a whole."

Eldon Technology was established in 1988 by 11 senior managers and design engineers from the former Ferguson New Product Research Centre in Bradford. Since its formation, Eldon has grown to over 70 employees providing extensive and widely diverse support services for many major manufacturers of consumer and non-consumer electronics-based products and components. These services include product design, feasibility studies and prototype development.

As a natural addition to Eldon's activities in designing monitors and televisions, the company has been working for over five years in the area of digital television receiver and set-top box design, including both electronic hardware and software. During this period, Eldon has built up considerable experience in the design of digital TV hardware and suites of software as well as supplying designs for digital television set-top boxes and integrated digital televisions (IDTV) to many well-known major brands.

EchoStar Communications Corp., includes three interrelated business units:

-- DISH Network™ is EchoStar's state-of-the-art DBS system that

offers customers over 350 channels of digital video and

CD-quality audio programming, fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware

and installation.

-- 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 also provides uplink center design,

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 over 27 channels of popular digital satellite television

programming to viewers in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the

U.S. territories in the Caribbean.

DISH Network currently serves approximately 2.7 million customers. DISH Network is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation. DISH Network is located on the Internet at: EchoStar V, EchoStar's newest, high-powered direct broadcast satellite, is scheduled to launch on a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sept. 10, 1999.

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, from time to time, EchoStar Communications Corp., or its representatives have made or may make forward-looking statements, orally or in writing. Such forward-looking statements may be included in, but are not limited to, various filings made by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases or oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer of the company. Actual results could differ materially from those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements as a result of a wide variety of factors and conditions. These factors and conditions have been described in the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended December 31, 1997, and subsequent 10-Q filings. The reader is specifically referred to these documents regarding the factors and conditions that may effect future results.

     CONTACT:  EchoStar Communications Corp.              
               Judianne Atencio, Director of Communications                 
               Marc Lumpkin, Communications Manager                

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