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EchoStar to Provide Ku Bandwidth to National Programming Service

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 29, 2006--EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) today announced that its subsidiary, EchoStar Satellite Operating Corporation (ESOC), has entered into a contract with National Programming Service, LLC (NPS) to provide domestic satellite capacity. The multi-year contract will provide full-time capacity to support the NPS consumer satellite programming business.

"We are extremely pleased to be in a position to support the satellite capacity needs of NPS," said Michael Kelly, executive vice president of Commercial and Business Services for EchoStar.

ESOC will provide transponder bandwidth on EchoStar VII, one of EchoStar's 14 owned and/or leased satellites, to support NPS bandwidth needs.

"NPS is a leading provider of satellite delivered consumer programming services and customer support," said Mike Mountford, CEO of NPS. "The recent contract with EchoStar further strengthens our commitment and capability to provide television programming services to our customers who receive their programming by satellite."

To learn more about NPS, please contact Angie Commorato at 317-558-3834.

For more information on booking EchoStar fixed satellite service capacity, please contact Michael Kelly at 303-723-1080.

About EchoStar Satellite Operating Corporation

EchoStar Satellite Operating Corporation (ESOC) provides commercial satellite capabilities, quality service and competitive pricing for broadcast services, business television and engineering operations. EchoStar owns or leases 14 in-orbit satellites operating in BSS, FSS Ku-band and FSS Ka-bands; has an extensive terrestrial fiber optic network with points of presence in 168 cities; and has seven regional gateways to provide customers with end-to-end connectivity and a reliable platform to distribute video and data throughout the U.S. and internationally.

About EchoStar Communications Corporation

EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) serves more than 12.755 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. EchoStar has been a leader for more than 25 years in satellite TV equipment sales and support worldwide. EchoStar is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 500 company. Visit EchoStar's Web site at www.echostar.com or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474).

About NPS

National Programming Service, LLC (NPS) has been providing quality C-Band satellite programming since 1985. The Indianapolis-based call center has a capacity of 175 agents and at one time serviced 460,000 C-Band subscribers through its proprietary SMS system. NPS has been uplinking channels since 2004 and currently uplinks 11 channels on satellites Galaxy 13 (also known as G-9) and Galaxy 11 (also known as GB). These channels are uplinked through a subcontractor, Crawford Communications, located in Atlanta, Ga. The transponder space for these services is leased from Intelsat, located in Washington, DC. NPS also operates AllAmericanDirect.com, an online Direct Marketing Retailer specializing in consumer electronics.

CONTACT: EchoStar Communications Corporation
Kathie Gonzalez, 720-514-5351
[email protected]
or
NPS LLC
Angie Commorato, 317-558-3834
[email protected]

SOURCE: EchoStar Communications Corporation ( http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=68854&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=937088&highlight= )
 

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E 7 is at 119. Sounds like there will be some movement of programming. Other possibility is the channels that have been used on C-band going to start going away. Wonder if NPS is going to start being part of the call centers?
 

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James Long said:
Will NPS be providing Distants ?

The networks think so ...
http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=736070#post736070
Oh wow. Now, I get it. Very clever on Echostar's part. I guess this is going to work similar to the Sky Angel arrangement? You technically get service through another company but you don't need any separate equipment.
 

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Technically ...
NPS will be paying a monthly lease for the transponder (119° TP15).
NPS will be using space at E*'s facilities temporarily until their uplink is ready.
NPS is entirely responsible for authorizations, collections, etc for their customers.

So far SA has not completed it's uplink center (although I know they were working on one earlier this year). NPS will be more separate once they get their uplink out of E*'s facilities. That is expected within three months (according to court documents). SA has managed to keep all of its billing separate - with only a $0.00 charge for SkyAngel showing up on a Dish bill to acknowledge the authorization.

E* does charge SA customers $5 per extra receiver unless they also subscribe to a base E* programming package. A two receiver SA only customer would pay $14.99 to SkyAngel and $5 to E*. One could assume a two receiver "NPS Distants" only customer would also pay E* for extra receivers.

It is an interesting development.
 

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There is no legal case surrounding the Sky Angel deal, and the sole motivation for E* in the NPS deal is to keep customers from leaving for D*.

So, I expect that no charge by E* to customers for anything regarding NPS will appear on any bills.
 
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