DISH Network Satellite Television Brings Local Channels to the Joplin, Mo., and the P


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ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 29, 2004--EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) announced today that its DISH Network(TM) will offer local TV channels by satellite television to the Joplin, Mo., and Pittsburg, Kan., market. The following local TV channels will be available: ABC Ch. 12 (KODE), CBS Ch. 7 (KOAM), FOX Ch. 14 (KFJX), NBC Ch. 16 (KSNF) and PBS Ch. 26 (KOZJ).

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

"The addition of local channels on DISH Network gives customers in Joplin and Pittsburg a final reason to choose DISH Network over cable," said Eric Sahl, vice president of Programming. "Customers in Joplin and Pittsburg 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 14 counties in the area: Allen, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Neosho, Wilson, Woodson, Barton, Jasper, McDonald, Newton, Vernon and Ottawa counties.

With the addition of Joplin, Mo., and Pittsburg, Kan., 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 a month.

For more information on DISH Network, visit, 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

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 or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474).

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