Tektronix MPEG Transport Stream Monitor Delivers 24/7 Monitoring Capabilities for Ech


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EchoStar Chooses Industry Leading MTM400 for its Ease-of-Use and Ability To
Minimize Downtime

BEAVERTON, Ore., April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement
and monitoring instrumentation, today announced that EchoStar Communications
Corporation (NYSE: DISH) has chosen its MPEG monitoring solution to observe
its satellite uplink and downlink facilities.
Tektronix's MTM400 Transport Stream Monitor is a scalable solution that
detects systems degradation and enables operators to easily perform
diagnostics and rapidly pinpoint problems. The MTM400 ensures an error-free
network and minimal downtime for customers such as EchoStar.
"We were looking for a monitoring solution that would promise seamless
transmission," said Jeff McSchooler, General Manager and Vice President of
Engineering, EchoStar. "Tektronix' MTM400 is a natural solution as it is easy
for all our technicians to use, and more importantly, it provides non-stop
monitoring capabilities that facilitate downtime prevention and enable
flawless delivery of broadcasting."
"With fierce competition in the satellite industry, the ability to
comprehensively monitor your network is more important than ever," said
Todd Biddle, vice president, Video Product Line, Tektronix. "The MTM400
Transport Stream Monitor enables EchoStar to monitor its entire network and
easily detect potential faults before its customers experience loss of

About the MTM400
The MTM400 is an extended confidence transport stream monitor that
provides key measurements to ensure an entire network is error free, and is
only one rack-unit high. It provides high data rate, full TR101 290 monitoring
of a single transport stream. When more in-depth analysis and/or recording
capability is needed, diagnostic monitoring functionality can be added to the
probe with additional software licenses.
The MTM400 uses Tektronix' WebMSM MPEG Measurement Manager, a software
installable application that enables complete visibility of the error status
of a transmission network from a standard Web browser via Simple Network
Management Protocol (SNMP). The user is able to customize the user interface,
building up geographical maps showing the location and status of the network,
as well as mimic diagrams of the transmission network.

About EchoStar
EchoStar Communications Corporation 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 http://www.dishnetwork.com or call
1-800-333-DISH (3474).

About Tektronix
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing
measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor
industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables
its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global
communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton,
Oregon, Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Tektronix' Web address is http://www.tektronix.com.

NOTE: Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. All other
trade names referenced are the service marks, trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.

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