DISH Network Charges Forward With Another Round of National HD Channel Launches

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DISH Network Charges Forward With Another Round of National HD Channel Launches
Sunday May 11, 10:27 pm ET
Satellite Provider Remains On Schedule to Reach Year-End Goal of 100 National HD Channels

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., May 11, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH - News), today announced plans to bolster its rapidly expanding HD programming with the launch of an additional 22 national HD channels beginning Monday, May 12. These additions include:

-- ABC Family HD (DISH Network Ch 180 -- Disney HD East (Ch. 172)
-- ESPNews HD (Ch. 142)
-- Biography HD (Ch. 119) -- Hallmark Movie Channel HD (Ch 187)
-- Bravo HD (Ch. 129)
-- Cartoon HD (Ch. 176) -- MGM HD (Ch. 385)
-- Cinemax 5 Star (Ch. 381) -- Sci Fi HD (Ch. 122)
-- Cinemax HD West (Ch. 380) -- Smithsonian HD (Ch. 374)
-- Comcast Sports Network Bay Area HD (Ch 419)* -- Tennis Channel HD (Ch. 400)
-- Toon Disney HD (Ch. 174)
-- Comcast Sports Network New England HD (Ch 435)* -- Travel Channel HD (Ch. 215)
-- USA HD (Ch. 105)
-- CNBC HD (Ch. 208) -- Weather Channel HD (Ch. 214)
-- CNN HD (Ch. 200) -- World Fishing Network HD (Ch. 396)

*Launch Wednesday, May 14

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``We are excited to extend our competitiveness in HD by enhancing our already comprehensive HD lineup with these 22 channels, bringing our total HD lineup to over 95 channels,'' said Eric Sahl, senior vice president of Programming for DISH Network. ``These launches, along with other recent additions such as the New England Sports Network (NESN) HD, reinforce our commitment to offer the best in entertainment.''

DISH Network offers new customers the opportunity to upgrade for free to a dishHD DVR receiver like the ViP722(tm) -- which recently received the top-ranking Editors' Choice awards from both CNET and PC Magazine. The ViP722 is a dual-tuner HD DVR that operates two televisions in separate rooms. The ViP722 can record up to 55 hours of HD and up to 350 hours of standard definition and allows customers to pause, rewind and fast forward their favorite TV programming.

``Our HD services include innovative packages that are aggressively priced,'' said Jessica Insalaco, senior vice president and Chief Marketing Officer for DISH Network. ``That combined with our award-winning HD and DVR technology make DISH Network the clear choice for customers seeking the best value and quality in HD today.''

Qualified new DISH Network customers who sign up with a 24-month commitment will also receive three months of free programming (a $120 value), a free dishDVR like the ViP722 and free installation (a $49.99 value). For more information on DISH Network, visit DISH Network -- Home or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474).

ABOUT DISH NETWORK CORPORATION

DISH Network Corporation (NasdaqGS:DISH - News) provides more than 13.78 million satellite TV customers with industry-leading customer satisfaction which has surpassed major cable companies for seven years running. DISH Network customers also enjoy access to a premier line of award-winning Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), hundreds of video and audio channels, the most International channels in the U.S., industry-leading Interactive TV applications, Latino programming, and the best sports and movies in HD. DISH Network offers a variety of package and price options including the lowest all-digital price in America, the DishDVR Advantage Package, high-speed Internet service, and a free upgrade to the best HD DVR in the industry. DISH Network is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 300 company. Visit DISH Network or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) for more information.


Contact:

DISH Network Corporation
Francie Bauer
720-514-5351
press@echostar.com
 
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rad

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Glad to see Dish being able to add this many HD channels, will make things even more interesting with the compitition.
 
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Hot Damn!!!!

No more speculation.:)
 
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CSN Bay Area HD?!?!?!?!?!?! I may need to go and find a new signature... here's hoping!
 
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Great News - but kinda unusual for a Sunday evening.

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tigerfan33

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I guess they are launching most on Monday for Tech Chat.
 
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So that fishing channel is a real one. I thought people were just making up a silly channel in HD that they wanted.

Is it correct to assume that folks (me) with AT 200 and Dish HD Ultimate will get all of these channels? I ask because I still need a wing dish to see 61.5 to get my locals in Cleveland.
 
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The launch for the Monday hd will be in the afternoon??
 
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Wow! Man if this happens this will close the gap with Direct. Also seems Dish is really leading on pushing MPEG4 which is a plus. Either way if this happens this week that will be big for Dish and the crow eating starts for some. Oh thanks for the info Scott and the rest of the staff keep up the great work.. :)
 
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Cool!

Wonder why they list CNN, Scifi, USA, as launching tomorrow when they launched last month?
 

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