DISH Network Brings Local Channels to Youngstown, Ohio and Amarillo, Texas

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 24, 2004--EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) announced today that its DISH Network(TM) will offer local TV channels by satellite television to the Youngstown, Ohio, area. The following local TV channels will be available: CBS Ch. 27 (WKBN), NBC Ch. 21 (WFMJ), FOX Ch. 62 (WFYX) and PBS Ch. 45 (WNEO).

This is the first time local TV channels are available on satellite TV in the Youngstown 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 a 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 Youngstown 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 Youngstown local channels. DISH Network also provides digital video recording technologies, high-definition TV and more than 60 international channels to the Youngstown area.

"The addition of local channels on DISH Network gives customers in Youngstown a final reason to choose DISH Network over cable," said Eric Sahl, vice president of Programming. "Customers in Youngstown and the surrounding area 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 four counties in the Youngstown area: Columbiana, Mahoning, Trumbull and Mercer counties.

With the addition of Youngstown, DISH Network offers local channels in 136 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 a net cost of $4.99 until a local ABC 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).

</FONT> CONTACT: EchoStar Communications Corporation Julie Popp, 303-723-2023 Julie.Popp@echostar.com SOURCE: EchoStar Communications Corporation ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 24, 2004--EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) announced today that its DISH Network(TM) will offer local TV channels by satellite television to the Amarillo, Texas, area. The following local TV channels will be available: ABC Ch. 7 (KVII), FOX Ch. 14 (KCIT), NBC Ch. 4 (KAMR) and PBS Ch. 2 (KACV).

This is the first time local TV channels are available on DISH Network in the Amarillo 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 a 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 Amarillo 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 second dish required to receive Amarillo-area local channels. DISH Network also provides digital video recording technologies, high definition TV and more than 60 international channels to the Amarillo area.

"The addition of local channels on DISH Network gives customers in the Amarillo area a final reason to choose DISH Network over cable," said Eric Sahl, vice president of programming. "Customers in Amarillo 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 34 counties in the Amarillo area: Curry, Quay, Roosevelt, Union, Beaver, Cimarron, Texas, Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Swisher and Wheeler counties.

With the addition of Amarillo, DISH Network offers local channels in 136 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 a month, until the local CBS 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).

</FONT> CONTACT: EchoStar Communications Corporation, Englewood Julie Popp, 303-723-2023 Julie.Popp@echostar.com SOURCE: EchoStar Communications Corporation
 

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