DISH Network Satellite Television Brings Local Channels to Columbus-Tupelo, Miss.

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DISH Network Satellite Television Brings
Local Channels to Columbus-Tupelo, Miss.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 2004--EchoStar
Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH) announced today that its DISH
Network(TM) will offer local TV channels by satellite television to
Columbus-Tupelo, Miss.
The following local TV channels will be available: ABC Ch. 45
(WKDH), CBS Ch. 4 (WCBI), NBC Ch. 9 (WTVA), FOX Ch. 27 (WLOV) and PBS
Ch. 2 (WMAB).
This is the first time local TV channels are available on DISH
Network in the Columbus-Tupelo 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
Columbus-Tupelo 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 Columbus-Tupelo area local channels. DISH Network
also provides digital video recording technologies, high definition TV
and international channels to the Columbus-Tupelo area.
"The availability of local channels on DISH Network gives TV
viewers in the Columbus-Tupelo area an even more compelling reason to
switch from cable," said Michael Schwimmer, senior vice president of
Programming at EchoStar. "Customers who are fed up with the cable
companies' outrageous rate increases now have access to local news,
weather and sports via all-digital satellite TV -- only on DISH
Network -- at a competitive price."
DISH Network offers local channels via satellite to 19 counties in
the Columbus-Tupelo area: Lamar, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay,
Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Montgomery, Noxubee, Oktibbeha,
Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Union, Webster, Winston and Yalobusha
With the addition of Columbus-Tupelo, DISH Network offers local
channels in 121 cities and their metro areas, in 48 states nationwide,
and in the District of Columbia.
For customers who do not subscribe to Digital Home Advantage,
local channels will be available at $5.99 per a month.
For more information on DISH Network, visit,
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

About EchoStar

EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH) serves more than
9.4 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 or call
800-333-DISH (3474).


CONTACT: EchoStar Communications Corporation
Julie Popp, 303-723-2023