DISH Network Satellite Television Brings Local Channels to Fargo, N.D., area (1 Viewer)

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 28, 2004--EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) announced today that its DISH Network(TM) will offer local TV channels by satellite television to Fargo, N.D., and the surrounding area. The following local TV channels will be available: CBS Ch. 4 (KXJB), FOX Ch. 15 (KVRR), NBC Ch. 3 (KVLY) and PBC Ch. 13 (KFME).

This is the first time local TV channels are available by satellite in Fargo, 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 Fargo 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 Fargo area local channels. DISH Network also provides digital video recording technologies, high-definition TV and international channels to the area.

"The availability of local channels on DISH Network gives TV viewers in the Fargo 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 35 counties in the Fargo area: Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Kittson, Lake of the Wood, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Wilkin, Barnes, Benson, Cass Cavalier, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Grand Forks, Griggs, La Moure, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Stutsman, Towner, Traill and Walsh counties.

With the addition of Fargo, DISH Network offers local channels in 117 cities and their metro areas, in 47 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 with a $1 credit per month for a net cost of $4.99 until the local ABC affiliate becomes available.

For more information on DISH Network, visit www.dishnetwork.com, call 1-800/333-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 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 www.dishnetwork.com or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474).

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