Dish adds Florence-Myrtle Beach, S.C., Area Locals (1 Viewer)

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DISH Network Satellite Television Brings Local Channels to the
Florence-Myrtle Beach, S.C., Area

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 8, 2004--EchoStar
Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) announced today that its DISH
Network(TM) will offer local TV channels by satellite television to
the Florence-Myrtle Beach, S.C., area. The following local TV channels
will be available: ABC Ch. 15 (WPDE), CBS Ch. 13 (WBTW), FOX Ch. 43
(WFXB), PBS Ch. 33 (WJPM) and UPN Ch. 21 (WWMB).
This is the first time local TV channels are available on
satellite in the Florence-Myrtle Beach area, providing an alternative
to local cable TV service. DISH Network now offers local channels as
part of its new Digital Home Advantage. Starting at $29.99 per
month, this promotion offers customers free installation for up to
four TVs, with no commitment and no hardware to buy and includes more
than 60 popular TV channels such as ESPN, Discovery and Nickelodeon,
plus local Florence-Myrtle Beach TV channels.
DISH Network has frozen the lowest all-digital TV price through
January 2005. Customers can call DISH Network or a local satellite TV
retailer to learn how to get a free multi-satellite dish antenna
required to receive Florence-Myrtle Beach-area local channels. DISH
Network also provides digital video recording technologies, high
definition TV and more than 60 international channels to the
Florence-Myrtle Beach area.
"The addition of local channels on DISH Network gives customers in
Florence and Myrtle Beach a final reason to choose DISH Network over
cable," said Eric Sahl, vice president of Programming. "Customers in
Florence and Myrtle Beach now have more programming and product
choices at a better price, with the ability to watch the news, weather
and sports that matter most to them."
DISH Network offers local channels via satellite to eight counties
in the area: Robeson, Scotland, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Horry,
Marion and Marlboro counties.
With the addition of the Florence-Myrtle Beach market, DISH
Network now offers local channels in 137 cities and their metro areas,
in 50 states and in the District of Columbia.
For customers who do not subscribe to Digital Home Advantage,
local channels will be available at $5.99 with a $1 credit for the net
cost of $4.99 until local NBC affiliate becomes available.
For more information on DISH Network, visit www.dishnetwork.com,
call 800-333-DISH (3474), or contact your local DISH Network
retailer. For downloadable, print quality images of DISH Network
equipment, installations or the DISH Network logo, visit
www.dishnetwork.com/content/aboutus/presskit/print/index.shtml.

About EchoStar

EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) serves 10
million satellite TV customers through its DISH Network(TM) and is a
leading U.S. provider of advanced digital television services. DISH
Network's services include hundreds of video and audio channels,
Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and international programming, together
with professional installation and 24-hour customer service. DISH
Network is the leader in the sale of digital video recorders (DVRs).
Visit EchoStar's DISH Network at www.dishnetwork.com or call
800-333-DISH (3474).

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CONTACT: EchoStar Communications Corporation
Julie Popp, 303-723-2023
Julie.Popp@echostar.com
 

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