DISH Network Satellite Television Brings Local Channels to Green Bay - Appleton, Wis. (1 Viewer)

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 1, 2004--EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) announced today that its DISH Network(TM) will offer local TV channels by satellite television to Green Bay, Wis., and the surrounding area.

The following local TV channels will be available: ABC Ch. 2 (WBAY), CBS Ch. 5 (WFRV), FOX Ch. 11 (WLUK), NBC Ch. 26 (WGBA), PBS Ch. 38 (WPNE), UPN Ch. 32 (WACY) and WB Ch. 14 (WIWB).

This is the first time local TV channels are available from DISH Network in Green Bay, providing an alternative to local cable TV service. DISH Network also provides digital video recording technologies, international channels and high definition TV to the Green Bay area.

"The availability of local channels on DISH Network gives TV viewers in the Green Bay-Appleton 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 is celebrating this launch with a local Green Bay-Appleton retailer by inviting the public to join a free pig roast luncheon. A 22-foot-long, 16-foot-tall cable pig balloon will be onsite highlighting the plea to Stop Feeding the Cable Pig.

DISH Network offers local channels via satellite to 15 counties in the Green Bay-Appleton area, including: Menominee, Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond Du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago counties. DISH Network offers local channels in a total of 110 cities and their metro areas, and in 46 states nationwide, plus the District of Columbia.

DISH Network now offers local channels as part of its new Digital Home Advantage promotion. This promotion allows customers free installation for up to four TVs, with no commitment and no hardware to buy, starting at $29.99 per month. This includes more than 60 popular TV channels such as ESPN, Discovery and the Food Network, plus local Green Bay TV channels. DISH Network has frozen the lowest all digital TV price through January 2005.

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 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 800-333-DISH (3474).


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

SOURCE: EchoStar Communications Corporation
 

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