GLOBESTAR REFUSES TO PROVIDE PROGRAMMING TO ECHOSTAR'S DISH NETWORK
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - December 1, 2006 - EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) confirmed today that Globestar, the distributor of Mega Cosmos, stopped delivering Mega Cosmos to DISH Network for reasons beyond DISH Network's control.
As a result, DISH Network can no longer deliver the channel to its customers and is taking legal action against Globestar.
"We are very disappointed that Mega Cosmos has decided to remove their channel from DISH Network and we are doing everything we can to fight this unfair action," said Tracy Thompson, Vice President of International Programming for EchoStar. "We encourage customers to contact Mega Cosmos directly at 1-866-780-5367 during Greek business hours with concerns."
Despite the loss of Mega Cosmos, DISH Network still has the most Greek programming in the U.S. with 10 channels. DISH Network also offers other top quality Greek-language channels that provide similar programming to Mega Cosmos, such as Antenna Satellite and ERT Sat. In addition, DISH Network is the only place to find the best Greek sports, the latest Greek music and the only provider of Greek programming with discreet English subtitles. DISH Network remains committed to the Greek community and to supporting Hellenic culture to all generations of Greeks living in the United States.
For more information about DISH Network or about DISH Network?s international programming offers please visit www.dishnetwork.com
, call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) or contact a local DISH Network retailer.
EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) serves more than 12.755 million satellite TV customers through its DISH Network™, 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).
EchoStar Communications Corporation
Heather Black, 720-514-5351
Source: EchoStar Communication Corporation
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