EchoStar Milestone: Box 5M Shipped

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Littleton, Colo. -- EchoStar Communications Corp. said its
leading digital set-top-box supplier, SCI Systems Inc., has built and shipped its 5
millionth direct-broadcast satellite receiver for EchoStar.

More than 2.3 million EchoStar subscribers use the set-top
boxes to receive Dish Network programming, and some Dish Network homes have multiple

EchoStar also supplies digital set-top boxes to
international DBS providers in Canada and Europe.

SCI manufactured EchoStar's first DBS set-top three years
ago, prior to the Dish Network service launch. The company builds to EchoStar's