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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 1, 2003


DISH NETWORK TO ADD HDNet, HDNet Movies

DISH Network Unveils New SuperDish Technology Capable of Providing Consumers

up to 50 HDTV Channels


ATLANTA - May 1, 2003 - EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH)

and its DISH NetworkT, a leading provider of satellite television

entertainment services, announced today an agreement to offer customers this

summer two new high definition TV networks, HDNet and HDNet Movies.


EchoStar Chairman and CEO Charles Ergen and HDNet Co-founder and President

Mark Cuban are making the announcement at DISH Network's annual Team Summit

satellite TV retailer conference here where more than 3,000 attendees

gathered for seminars and workshops about new DISH Network products and

services.


HDNet and HDNet Movies will be available to customers using DISH Network's

new SuperDish, unveiled to satellite TV retailers today. The SuperDish, an

elliptical 66- centimeter dish, is capable of offering customers access to

hundreds of popular DISH Network channels, local channels in new markets,

HDTV channels and international programming. The SuperDish is capable of

receiving satellite signals from three orbital locations.


"DISH Network is enriching the home theater experience everywhere by

delivering more HD sports, movies and special events like those offered by

HDNet," said Ergen. "By developing the capability for SuperDish to provide

up to 50 HD channels, DISH Network will offer consumers a more superior

alternative to the dominant cable companies."

DISH Network will announce pricing and packaging for HDNet and HDNet Movies

when they are made available to DISH Network customers this summer.


"With HDNet and HDNet Movies, DISH Network customers will be able to enjoy

great original programming, sports, award-winning movies, timely news,

features and documentaries, all in 1080i - the highest possible resolution,"

said Cuban. "HDNet offers more original programming produced in 1080i HD

than any other network, and we are pleased to be working with EchoStar and

its new SuperDish to bring a new level of entertainment to DISH Network

subscribers 24 hours a day, seven days a week."


HDNet features a variety of HDTV programming, including live sports,

sitcoms, dramas, action series, documentaries, travel programs, music

concerts and shows, special events, and news features including the popular

HDNet World Report.

HDNet Movies delivers full-length feature films transferred from 35mm to

high-definition, including titles from an extensive library of Warner Bros.

films and more than 250 blockbuster theatrical hits from Sony Pictures

Television. HDNet Movies features a mix of theatrical releases, made-for-TV

movies, independent films and shorts.


HDNet and HDNet Movies will be added to DISH Network's existing HDTV lineup

of Discovery Theater HD, HBO, Showtime, CBS and a pay-per-view movie

channel.


For more information on DISH Network, visit www.dishnetwork.com, call

1-800-333- DISH (3474) or contact your local DISH Network retailer.


EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and its DISH Network is a

U.S. leader in offering satellite television entertainment services to 8.18

million customers. DISH Network provides advanced digital satellite

television services to the home, including hundreds of video, audio and data

channels, personal video recording, HDTV, sports and international

programming, professional installation and 24-hour customer service.


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Press ContactS:

EchoStar - Marc Lumpkin, 303/723-2020, [email protected]

HDNet - Sherry Yeaman, 214/366-3449, [email protected]
 

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Wow! Great News!


Thanks for thinking of us Mark.
 

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Congratulations Mark,


I have been lucky to have been able to subscribe to HDNet and HDNet Movies and have really enjoyed both channels for the variety and quality of the content and of course the superb presentation. Now other forum members will get it.


Finally, there will be other subscribing forum members to discuss the channels with.


Thanks for doing so much to advance HDTV.


Roy
 

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Whoa. GOOOOOOOOD news. But... Am I to assume that the only way to get this is buy purchasing the new dish? I would then assume that 61.5 will not be carrying these channels?
 

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Awesome ...

Hey DIRECTV you have until this is on air, if not say goodbye to my $100.00 bill ...
 

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Good news with one gotcha. I already have two dishes on my roof.... I'll be watching the specifics closely as they come out. I hope for either a) free upgrade to new dish, or b) they are available on the sats I already pull in.


Edit: :D I think my first reaction sounded sour. Thanks Mark and Dish!
 

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Congrats Mark,


Now if only Directv can get it. I have directv and am now jealous.
 

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Mark,


That is great news ! I just bought a DirecTV system the other day, but i still haven't had it installed. Looks like i'll have to return it to CC. Will DishNW have information if i call them up today and order ?


Now, i hope this Superdish orientation is something towards the West/Southwest/South directions or else i am toast !


- Nivas

Mavs fan from Dallas


p.s. i just called dish network and the customer reps have no idea. i know that its way too early, but just wanted to take a shot. He said they only offer movies on HBO, SHO & he never heard about HDNet. I asked him if he heard about SuperDish, his reply was i never heard of such a programming or channel ;)
 

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The image of the "Superdish" is right here , for those that missed it.


The "Superdish" is reported to receive signals from 110+119+121, and should ultimately eliminate the need for the second dish for Dish Network HDTV.

Update: The Superdish will also receive signals from 105+110+119.
 

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This is awesome news! I just switched back to dish last month. I will be looking forward to the new superdish package.
 

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Ah yes, but the big question still remains... Will those of us with dishes pointed at 61.5 be able to pick up HDNet? Or will we be required to scrap both the 61.5 dish and the Dish 500 for one of these new superdishes?


Logic would suggest that the new superdish would be the new solution going forward, requiring new subscribers to not have to purchase two separate dishes to receive HD transmissions.


I already shelled out a chunk of change for an 8PSK modulator (and went through FIVE of them before I got one that actually worked). I'm not looking forward to having to shell out more $$ for a new dish and get up there and mount it (and unmount the old ones and seal the holes)


Don't get me wrong, this is fantastic news, and I've been waiting for this for a long time. Thanks, Marc, for finally bringing Dish in on this stellar deal. The rest is now in Echostar's corner in terms of how they'll handle existing customers with existing equipment. Hopefully we won't need to scrap our 6000's now, too!
 

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Randy,


I doubt there will be any more HDTV at 61.5; of course, existing HDTV on 61.5 and 148 will remain mirrored there for a long time. I expect all new and all existing HDTV to go to the 121 slot (or 110). I also expect that any customer subscribing to the new HDTV channels would receive the "Superdish" for free. Let's just keep our fingers crossed for free installation.


Btw, future discussion of the "Superdish" hardware should go to the appropriate thread . This thread is meant for discussion of programming, specifically the Hdnet announcement.
 

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Everyone pay attention to that whole picture? My satellite distributor told me they would have a whole complete hardware package that includes, the dish, receiver, and HD monitor. Looks like he was right!!! Not a bad deal really...What i hope for, and is probably too much to ask >please put a dvi output on back of 6000 receiver???? All in all great news, where do i sign up?;)
 

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get up there and mount it (and unmount the old ones and seal the holes)


I think the mounts are the same, they're interchangable with old and new dishes. But I'm not sure since I've only done this with D*'s mount when I replaced my dish.
 

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I have to admit that the sound of up to 50 HD channels sounds like Dish is able to really move forward with HD programming. I was going to say to those of you who talk about switching from DirecTV to Dish that DirecTV does have plans to add more HD content...that I do know (what and when is the question). HOWEVER, the statement about being able to carry up to 50 HD channels is mind boggling. Unbelievable actually. I have to say, I'm very impressed with the news.
 

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Hallelujah...more HDTV and Dish is finally getting rid of the two-dish solution. Now...how much $$$$ for the new dish and new receiver. Thanks Mark and go MAVs.
 

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Mark,


Congratulations! Now its time to get a deal done with Directv for HDNet Movies and HDNet Sports...


...Directv, get off the stick and get contracts worked out for Mark's new channels and for ESPN HD and Discovery HD. And, while you're at it Cinemax HD too when it launches this fall. I'm already expecting the NFL Sunday Ticket to have at least one game per week this season in HD, so don't let me down. If you don't keep up with the competition, I'll be calling your Customer Retention Dept. to cancel my subscription. Count on it.
 
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