SOURCE: EchoStar

EchoStar

June 23, 2009 09:05 ET

EchoStar's ViP-TV to Deliver Video Transport Service to Georgia IPTV Provider Ringgold Telephone

ViP-TV Offers Customized Solution for Distributing Popular TV Channels via Secure IP Platform

ENGLEWOOD, CO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - EchoStar Satellite Services, a division of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), announced today an agreement to deliver its ViP-TV™ video transport service to Ringgold Telephone Company (RTC), a provider of converged communications to more than 11,000 access lines in northern Georgia. Ringgold will receive transport of up to 42 popular high definition TV channels to its IP headend.

RTC provides digital interactive video service NexTV® to its subscribers along with telephone and Internet access, all via a broadband connection. The ViP-TV delivered IP channels will be available immediately to RTC subscribers. With the additions, RTC now offers a total of 48 high-definition channels.

"We are thrilled to be equipped to offer more hi-def channels than most major cable companies in our area," said RTC Executive Vice President Phil Erli. "We're bringing in the highest quality HD channels available through satellite IPTV transporter EchoStar and its ViP-TV service."

EchoStar's ViP-TV transport service is capable of delivering a secure, MPEG-4 encoded IP stream of approximately 275 popular, broadcast-quality TV and music channels from a satellite located at 85 degrees W.L. ViP-TV can also provide satellite-delivered local TV channel aggregation in a telco's designated market area in both high definition and standard definition (where available).

"EchoStar is pleased to be the provider of choice for HD content for Ringgold Telephone," said Steve Skalski, vice president in charge of EchoStar's ViP-TV division. "Our ViP-TV service offers small and medium-sized telcos affordable, scalable and aggregated MPEG-4 IP-encapsulated audio and video channels from our high-powered satellite."

For more information on ViP-TV, visit www.echostarviptv.com, contact 303-706-4040 or email viptv@echostar.com.

About EchoStar Satellite Services

EchoStar Satellite Services is a business unit of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) and provides a reliable network available for backhaul, aggregation and distribution of video, audio and data domestically and internationally. EchoStar also offers the ViP-TV platform providing IPTV solutions. EchoStar represents a significant source of Ku-band and Ka-band satellite capacity and spacecraft operation services with access to eight satellites, ground-based teleport facilities, and an expansive terrestrial U.S. backhaul network along with 24-hour Satellite Access Centers. For more information or for occasional or full time satellite bandwidth, contact 866-359-8804 or email efss@echostar.com.

About Ringgold Telephone Company

Ringgold Telephone Company is an independent telephone company that has been a family-owned business since 1912. The company was one of the first in the country to offer IPTV television service with its NexTV® service. Along with providing home telephone and television service, RTC also provides high-speed DSL internet and home security service. Currently, RTC is in the process of deploying a multi-million dollar fiber-to-the-home broadband infrastructure throughout the Ringgold area in Catoosa County. Visit www.rtctel.com or call (706) 965-1234.

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