Englewood, CO–(HISPANIC PR WRIE – BUSINESS WIRE)–March 22, 2004–EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) announced today that its DISH Network(TM) satellite television service will broadcast MLB EXTRA INNINGS for the first time on DISH Network’s Season Ticket, bringing out-of-market Major League Baseball games home to DISH Network’s more than 9.4 million customers nationwide.
The MLB EXTRA INNINGS package will provide up to 60 out-of-market regular season games per week to subscribers. DISH Network will begin broadcasting this season’s MLB EXTRA INNINGS on Monday, April 5, and continue through the final day of the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 3.
“DISH Network is swinging into action by delivering this extensive coverage of the 2004 Major League Baseball regular season to our customers,” said Michael Schwimmer, senior vice president of Programming at EchoStar. “No matter where our customers live in the U.S., they’ll watch their favorite baseball teams and players compete, whether it’s the Cubs versus the Braves or A-Rod against Curt Schilling.”
A free preview will be available to all DISH Network customers from Monday, April 5, through Sunday, April 11, on channels 625-639. Customers can purchase the MLB EXTRA INNINGS package for the early bird price of $149 through April 18. After April 18, the Regular Season package will be offered at $169.
DISH Network will offer an installment billing option for each package. To order MLB EXTRA INNINGS DISH Network Season Ticket, call 800-333-DISH or visit http://www.dishnetwork.com/baseball. Blackouts of certain games will apply.
The MLB EXTRA INNINGS package is also available for commercial establishments such as restaurants and universities. Commercial establishments can call 800-454-0843 for more information.
DISH Network also offers a variety of sports packages year-round. DISH Network Season Ticket packages include: NBA League Pass, NHL CENTER ICE, ESPN Full Court, ESPN Game Plan, ESPN College Grand Slam, Barclaycard English Premier League and MLS Direct Kick.
EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) serves more than 9.4 million satellite TV customers through its DISH Network(TM) and is a leading U.S. provider of advanced digital television services. DISH Network’s services include hundreds of video and audio channels, Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and international programming, together with professional installation and 24-hour customer service. DISH Network is the leader in the sale of digital video recorders (DVRs). Visit EchoStar’s DISH Network at http://www.dishnetwork.com or call 800-333-DISH (3474).
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