EchoStar And DISH Join Industry Effort To Improve Set-Top Box Energy Efficiency

     EchoStar And DISH Join Industry Effort To Improve Set-Top Box Energy

Initiative Will Lower Energy Costs for Consumers

PR Newswire

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Dec. 6, 2012

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EchoStar Technologies L.L.C., a
wholly-owned subsidiary of  EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a leading
global satellite services provider and developer of hybrid video delivery
technologies, and DISH (NASDAQ: DISH), a leading pay-TV provider, are
committing to the design, manufacture and sale of new energy-efficient set-top
boxes (STBs). EchoStar is the exclusive provider of set top boxes to DISH,
including DISH's award-winning Hopper™ Whole-Home DVR.

EchoStar and DISH are part of a coalition of pay TV industry leaders, serving
more than 90 million U.S. TV households, that is working to promote the design
and distribution of energy efficient STBs. The Set-Top Box Energy Conservation
Agreement covers DVRs and non-DVR STBs that are included in pay TV subscriber
packages. The coalition will meet regularly to review and update energy
efficiency goals as technology advances allow additional energy savings to be

"EchoStar is a current ENERGY STAR™ partner, and has been focused on energy
efficiency for some time. The Hopper™ Whole-Home DVR and Joey™ thin-client
devices we produce for DISH offer subscribers up to a 50% reduction in power
consumption over previously available industry configurations," said Mark
Jackson, president, EchoStar Technologies. "EchoStar has taken a worldwide
leadership role in energy efficient pay TV solutions and we look forward to
promoting energy efficiency with our colleagues across the entire industry."

Multichannel video service providers, including DISH, are pledging that 90% of
the set-top boxes purchased will meet ENERGY STAR Set-Top Box Program V3
efficiency levels by the end of 2013. By comparison, DISH's current ENERGY
STAR partnership requires 50% of purchases meet the highest energy efficiency

"The advanced features our subscribers love such as whole-home HD DVR,
Blockbuster @Home™, Primetime Anytime™ and AutoHop™ are currently delivered
using one of the industry's most energy efficient solutions, the Hopper™ and
Joey™," said Vivek Khemka, vice president of product management, DISH. "We
look forward to continuing our ENERGY STAR Service Provider Program
partnership as well as supporting the industry's voluntary initiative."

Nationwide, the initial commitments of the Set-Top Box Energy Conservation
Agreement are projected to save up to $1.5 B (about 12.5 TWh) per year of
residential electricity use as the agreement is fully realized. This means
four fewer power plants will be required eliminating an estimated 16 million
metric tons per year of carbon dioxide emissions. The voluntary agreement
among the companies will take effect January 1, 2013.

For more information about EchoStar, please visit

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SOURCE EchoStar Corporation

Contact: EchoStar: Linda Haugsted, Bob Gold & Associates, +1-310-784-1040,; DISH: Aaron Johnson, +1-720-514-5839,
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