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