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Echostar V Satellite Shipped to Cape Canaveral for September Launch

    LITTLETON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 9, 1999--

    DISH Network First and Only 500 Channel Digital Television System After Launch of New High Power Satellite

    EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH,DISHP) announced today that EchoStar V, EchoStar's newest, state-of-the-art, high-power direct broadcast satellite from Space Systems/Loral, has arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla., for launch in September.

Pending check-out tests, fueling and final integration of the satellite to the launch vehicle, as well as final flight certification from Lockheed Martin Astronautics, EchoStar V is scheduled to launch on a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket on Sept. 10, 1999. The Atlas IIAS booster and the Centaur upper stage portions of the rocket arrived in Cape Canaveral on July 30 from Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, Colo.

The launch of EchoStar V, to be located at 110 degrees West Longitude, marks a turning point in television history. With a successful launch, EchoStar's DISH Network™ will expand its already outstanding 350 channel line-up, and become the first and only TV provider in the nation to offer 500 digital video and audio channels from a single small dish pointed at both the 110 degree W.L. and the 119 degree W.L. orbital slots.

The EchoStar V satellite will also provide Alaska and Hawaii with an alternative to cable for the first time ever.

EchoStar V will also introduce the American public to 21st century technology by delivering multiple channels of cutting-edge high definition television, expanded Dolby Digital surround sound, Internet and interactive data services.

In addition, with a pro-competition outcome to the legislation now being considered by Congress, which would protect the rights of consumers, EchoStar V would expand DISH Network's satellite delivery of network channels beyond the 13 cities currently served to include more than 70 percent of the U.S. population.

The DISH Network continues to lead the industry with more channels, more choices, and the best value for popular television programming. This month, EchoStar will begin selling the DISH 500 satellite TV system with EchoStar's Model 4722 for the low price of $299 (MSRP).

DISH Network will continue to offer existing customers crystal-clear digital video and CD-quality audio, including an on-screen programming guide and V-chip type parental control technology, without replacing their current satellite receivers. DISH 500 will also be available for DISHPlayer™, the world's first integrated satellite and Internet receiver using WebTV Networks, Inc., WebTV Plus service for satellite.

Built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, Calif., EchoStar V is an FS-1300 series spacecraft with 32 110-watt Ku-band transponders. EchoStar V is capable of power-combining to 16 transponders at 220 watts each to meet the transmission demands of consumers.

To date, EchoStar has launched four high-power direct-broadcast satellites that offer 350 all digital channels to over 2.7 million DISH Network customers nationwide.

     EchoStar Communications Corp., includes three interrelated
business units:

-- DISH Network™ is EchoStar's primary business unit offering a state-of-the-art DBS system that offers customers 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 over 2.7 million customers. DISH Network is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation. DISH Network is located on the Internet at:

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     CONTACT:  EchoStar Communications Corp. 
               Judianne Atencio, 303/723-2010


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