DISH Network Satellite Television Offers New South Asian Channel Packages

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LITTLETON, Colo.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Oct. 2, 2000--EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH, DISHP):

DISH Network's New South Asian Channel Packages to Include Sony Entertainment Television, Zee TV, TV Asia, Bollywood For You and Zee Gold!

EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH, DISHP) is pleased to announce today that DISH Network(TM) is the only satellite television programming provider in the United States to offer the most comprehensive South Asian language packages featuring top-rated entertainment services from India. Beginning Oct. 2, customers can choose one of four packages offering Zee TV, TV Asia, Sony Entertainment Television (SET), Bollywood For You (B4U) and Zee Gold.


UPDATE: Due to popular demand a fifth package is now available.

"DISH Network is committed to provide our international customers with the best values in international television services," said Michael Schwimmer, vice president of Programming at EchoStar. "We are confident that these four new packages will provide our South Asian subscribers with a 'one-stop-shop' option for the best entertainment directly from India."


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DISH Network is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation. DISH Network is EchoStar's state-of-the-art direct broadcast satellite TV system that is capable of offering over 500 channels of digital video and CD-quality audio programming, as well as fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware and installation. DISH Network was ranked number one in overall customer satisfaction among cable/satellite TV subscribers by J.D. Power and Associates in 1999 and 2000. EchoStar is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) which contains the largest non-financial companies on the Nasdaq Stock Market. DISH Network currently serves over 4.3 million customers. For more information, contact 1-800/333-DISH (3474) or visit

CONTACT: EchoStar Communications Corp., Littleton
Marc Lumpkin, Communications Manager, 303/723-2020