LITTLETON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 3, 1999--EchoStar Communications Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH, DISHP) announced today that DISH Network™ is offering ESPN GamePlan™ college football on DISH-On-Demand Pay-Per-View this season and will be available to order starting Aug. 5, 1999.
DISH Network will offer the entire ESPN GamePlan schedule - up to
10 games per week and over 100 games in all - beginning Saturday,
Sept. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 27. Customers can purchase the 1999
ESPN GamePlan package on or before Tuesday, Aug. 31, for an early bird
price of $89. After Aug. 31, the price is $99. The ESPN GamePlan
package will be available for purchase through Saturday, Oct. 9. After
Oct. 9, DISH Network customers may purchase any of the games on a
given Saturday for only $11.95 each.
In cooperation with football conferences such as the BIG TEN,
PAC-10, BIG EAST, BIG XII, ACC, WAC, SEC and Mountain West, DISH
Network and ESPN will offer over 100 games from ABC Sports and
regional conference syndicates.
"For the second year, DISH-On-Demand satisfies college football
fans with ESPN GamePlan's premier pay-per-view sports package,
allowing DISH Network customers access to more top NCAA college
football games than ever before," said Michael Schwimmer, vice
president of Programming at EchoStar.
"We are pleased that DISH Network customers will once again have
access to the great schedule of college football action available
through ESPN GamePlan," said Skip Desjardin, director of Sales and
Marketing at ESPN. "DISH Network customers have embraced out-of-market
sports packages and will have an opportunity to see maximum college
football coverage every week of the season."
DISH Network offers ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNEWS in America's Top 40
package plus ESPN Classic Sports in America's Top 100 CD package.
To order the DISH-On-Demand ESPN GamePlan package, call
1-800/333-DISH (3474). Blackouts and restrictions may apply. For more
information about DISH-On-Demand and DISH Network programming, visit
DISH Network™ is EchoStar's state-of-the-art
direct-broadcast-satellite system that offers customers over 300
channels of digital video and CD-quality audio programming, fully
MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware and installation. DISH Network is a
trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation. DISH Network
currently serves approximately 2.6 million customers.
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