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DISH Network Offers New DISH 500 Systems Free After Rebate; DISH 500 Satellite TV Systems Debut with Open TV's Interactive Capabilities in Models 3822 and 4722

LITTLETON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 25, 1999-- EchoStar Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH, DISHP) announced today that DISH Network™ is offering its new DISH 500 satellite TV system FREE after rebate.

DISH 500 satellite TV systems with next generation receivers, Model 3822 and Model 4722, have the ability to offer 500 channel choices on a single small dish, including foreign language programming, the new DISH Latino Spanish-language package, more local channels, more DISH-On-Demand pay-per-view channels, plus high-speed data and interactive television services.

EchoStar's Next Generation Interactive Satellite TV Receivers

Equipped with dual amplifiers, DISH 500 is designed to receive signals from satellites located at both 119 degrees West Longitude and 110 degrees W.L., offering customers more channel selection without requiring additional equipment. EchoStar's new Model 3822 (MSRP: $249) and Model 4722 (MSRP: $299) incorporate OpenTV® software that will soon provide interactive services and e-commerce on television. These multiroom-ready models are available with DISH 500 small dish antennas and are offered with DISH Network One-Rate Plan's automatic rebate. These models will provide DISH Network customers with numerous opportunities to access enhanced television services, such as an interactive electronic program guide, as well as a variety of customer care, e-commerce and entertainment services like on-demand weather forecasts and music merchandising, with more features to be added in the future.

DISH Network's One-Rate Plan makes it affordable for consumers to get rid of cable forever with three great rebates offered through Dec. 31, 1999.

Here's how these three DISH Network One-Rate Plans work:

Plan 1 - Purchase any of EchoStar's new DISH 500 multiroom-ready satellite receivers and make a 1-year commitment to the DISH Network One-Rate Plan of $56.98 per month, which includes America's Top 100 CD package and the choice of THREE premium movie packages, which offers up to 18 commercial-free movie channels, and receive a $299 rebate after the first programming payment.

Plan 2 - Purchase any of EchoStar's multiroom-ready satellite receivers and make a 1-year commitment to the DISH Network One-Rate Plan of $48.98 per month, which includes America's Top 100 CD package and the choice of TWO premium movie packages, which offers up to 14 commercial-free movie channels, and receive a $199 rebate after the first programming payment.

Plan 3 - Purchase one of EchoStar's multiroom-ready satellite receivers and make a 1-year commitment to the DISH Network One-Rate Plan of $39.98 per month, which includes America's Top 100 CD package and the choice of ONE premium movie package, which offers up to eight commercial-free movie channels, and receive a $100 rebate after the first programming payment.

Customers who purchase any one of the DISH Network One-Rate Plan packages may also receive a FREE self-installation kit or basic professional installation for only $99.

DISH Network's all-digital programming packages start as low as $19.99 per month. EchoStar satellite TV systems start as low as $149. DISH Network One-Rate Plans are subject to certain terms and conditions, and only available to qualifying customers. Call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) or go to www.dishnetwork.com for more information about DISH Network One-Rate Plans and the new DISH 500 satellite TV system.

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 V, EchoStar's newest, state-of-the-art, high-power direct broadcast satellite, launched on a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket on Sept. 23, 1999. EchoStar V, located at 110 degrees West Longitude, will allow DISH Network to offer 500 channels, including high definition television, Dolby Digital surround sound, Internet and high-speed interactive television and data services, all on a single dish. 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.


			 
			

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