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rex 08-26-2008 09:29 AM

DISH Network First to Offer All Programming (Standard and High Definition) in MPEG-4
Industry's Most Advanced Delivery System Includes Best Picture Quality on Any TV
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Aug 25, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), the third largest pay-TV provider and the digital television leader, today became the first in the pay-TV industry to transmit all standard and high definition programming in the MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding Standard. This milestone continues DISH Network's series of industry firsts, including the latest expansion in high definition services, the launch of TurboHD -- the only 100 percent HD service -- the availability of movies in Blu-Ray Disc quality 1080p resolution, and the commitment to offer up to 150 national HD channels by the end of the year.

"DISH Network once again leads the pack in providing customers with an unparalleled entertainment experience. Our complete MPEG-4 solution -- which will offer up to 150 HD channels by the end of the year -- uses the most advanced technology in the industry to deliver the best quality picture to any television set in the home, perfect for those who have or are considering upgrading to high definition," said Jessica Insalaco, Chief Marketing Officer for DISH Network. "We look forward to expanding this advanced service to more consumers throughout the U.S. in the coming months."

To maximize the MPEG-4 TV experience, new customers can sign up for DISH Network's recently-introduced TurboHD, the only packages in the industry featuring 100 percent HD, MPEG-4 programming, starting at $24.99 per month. TurboHD is available in three separate tiers and comprises special "turbo-charged" features and benefits such as DISH Network's award-winning and industry-leading technology, the highest quality HD available including 1080p where applicable, and the most-watched HD channels that may be viewed on any TV -- analog, digital or high definition.

Current DISH Network customers looking to add the industry's best high definition experience can get a "turbo-charged" HD package for as little as $10 more per month. For more information about DISH Network's MPEG-4 service, 1080p programming, new HD channels, and TurboHD system and packages, visit or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474).

PalmHarbor 08-26-2008 03:53 PM

Re: DISH Network First to Offer All Programming (Standard and High Definition) in MPE
On a practical level, most people need high speed internet service and cable companies
and Verizon offer it with HD service. If you have Direct or Dish there is no internet access. If you buy fast speed by itself you pay top dollar for truly high speed access. Easily $45+
each month. I just moved from Bright House Cable to Verizon (tel, Internet & HD-TV)
I get a HD-DVR/Receiver plus HBO for about $15 less each month than what I was spending with B.H. Cable. If you are willing to spend up to $160 a month or more for
Dish/Direct, phone + stand alone Intenet then fine.
With this economy and the prices for basic stuff up so much, I have to go with what I can afford. By the way the image on my Yamah DPX-1 and Verizon is excellent.

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