LITTLETON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 2, 1999--EchoStar Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH, DISHP) is pleased to announce today the launch of DISH Network Education™ and its first channel, The Schoolhouse Network, which are revolutionary services offering K-12 education via direct broadcast satellite (DBS) throughout the United States.
Content rich and educationally sound, DISH Network Education's programming will help teachers and home-schooling parents augment their curriculums with a variety of award winning distance-learning programs. The Schoolhouse Network launched today nationwide exclusively on DISH Network Education and is the first of many upcoming educational programs DISH Network Education hopes to offer.
DISH Network Education is dedicated to providing the best programming for distance learning available for all ages, from learning a foreign language to English as a second language, virtual field trips to GED courses, or staff development to parent education.
"Our focus is to offer high-quality educational tools to a large sector of learning centers, whether it is a business, educational institution or an individual home," said Bill Vanderpoel, vice president of Business Development for EchoStar. "Our programming roots are based on solid, thoroughly researched curriculums used in schools throughout the country. To provide these benefits of distance learning through satellite television -- and have the ability to tailor these programs to meet individual needs -- is truly exciting."
This unique partnership with The Schoolhouse Network extends the classroom by allowing the student to connect with other students, educators, or business and government leaders.
"Since we are the first DBS company to offer this kind of educational programming, we are proud to have Schoolhouse as DISH Network Education's inaugural channel," Vanderpoel said.
"Our partnerships with the leading educational producers of video content and web-based support will be the cornerstone for the success of the Schoolhouse Network in affiliation with DISH Network Education," said John Flores, chairman of The Schoolhouse Network, Inc. "The Schoolhouse Network is an exciting opportunity for students and educators around the world. It will bring in the best-of-the-best educational distance learning programs to public, private, parochial or home-school classrooms."
DISH Network Education's satellite broadcasts will provide the
availability for on-demand teaching services from the same 18-inch
satellite dish used by over 2 million DISH Network™ television
entertainment subscribers today.
Future DISH Network Education programming includes the following:
-- Classroom Learning: Satellite TV programs for all grade
levels, designed to complement teacher-based learning.
-- Personal Enrichment: Programming available for continuing
education and adult learners.
-- Professional Growth: In-home professional certification and
-- Parent Schooling: Resources for the home-schooling parent.
-- Educational Entertainment: Education channels like the
Learning Channel, the History Channel, Bloomberg Television
or the Discovery Channel, for all ages and interests.
-- Data Services: High-speed data transmission including
interactive television and Internet access.
For more information, call DISH Network Education at 1-877-DISH-EDU (347-4338).
EchoStar Communications Corp., includes three interrelated business units:
- DISH Network™ is EchoStar's state-of-the-art DBS system that
offers customers over 300 channels of digital video and
CD-quality audio programming, fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant
hardware, installation, financing and leasing. - EchoStar Technologies Corporation (ETC, formerly HTS™ -
Houston Tracker Systems, Inc.), designs, manufactures and
distributes DBS set-top boxes, antennas and other digital
equipment for 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. - 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 up to 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 over 2 million customers. DISH Network is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation. HTS is a trademark of Houston Tracker Systems, Inc. DISH Network is located on the Internet at: www.dishnetwork.com
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