SOURCE: EchoStar

October 13, 2008 14:05 ET

EchoStar Satellite Services Delivers Transponder Capacity for News Organizations During 2008 U.S. Elections

ENGLEWOOD, CO--(Marketwire - October 13, 2008) - EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) and its EchoStar Satellite Services announced today that it is providing extensive satellite capacity, event coordination and monitoring services from more than 50 Ku-band satellite transponders to a large majority of U.S. and international television news and broadcast organizations during the 2008 U.S. elections. EchoStar made the announcement in advance of the Satellite and Content Delivery Conference (SATCON) in New York Oct. 15-16. EchoStar's booth (#525) is located in the center of the main hall at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

On election day, EchoStar's Satellite Access Centers located at the Digital Broadcast Transmission facilities in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Gilbert, Ariz., will manage more than 300 independent signal paths to dozens of television news outlets across the United States. Using uplink trucks and affiliate TV stations, networks can send and receive local live election coverage via satellite.

"To deliver this much capacity, more than 1,500 megahertz, for a one-day event is unheard of in the space segment industry," said Steve Skalski, vice president of EchoStar Satellite Services. "With EchoStar's U.S. fleet of powerful FSS Ku-band satellites, we are able to provide an immediate solution for occasional-use bandwidth requirements, all at competitive rates."

EchoStar's highly reliable network is available for backhaul, aggregation and distribution of video and audio content domestically and internationally. EchoStar represents a significant source of Ku-band and Ka-band satellite capacity with access to a fleet of satellites, sophisticated ground-based teleport facilities, an expansive 160-city fiber optic network and 24-hour Traffic, Technical Operations and Satellite Access Centers staffed by highly trained engineers and technicians.

For more information on EchoStar Satellite Services or for occasional or full time satellite bandwidth, contact 866-359-8804 or email efss@echostar.com.

About EchoStar Corporation

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) provides equipment sales, digital broadcast operations, and satellite services. EchoStar has 25 years of experience designing, developing and distributing advanced award-winning set-top boxes and related products for pay television providers. The company includes a network of 10 full-service digital broadcast centers and leased fiber optic capacity with points of presence in approximately 160 cities. EchoStar also delivers satellite services from eight owned and leased in-orbit satellites and related FCC licenses. Visit www.echostar.com for more information.

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