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Dish Network Brings Pentagon Channel to Millions of Subscribers

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2005 – Less than a year after its May 14 debut, the Pentagon Channel is taking to the stars -- more precisely, the Pentagon Channel is taking to EchoStar Communications.

EchoStar's Dish Network satellite TV service announced it is now offering the Pentagon Channel to its more than 11 million viewers. Programming will be distributed 24 hours a day, seven days a week as part of Dish Network's public interest channels. This means the programming will be provided at no cost to customers.

"We appreciate Dish Network's decision to carry the new Pentagon Channel on their satellite TV system," said Defense Department spokesman Larry Di Rita. "Their support helps us fulfill our mission of providing timely military news and information to the U.S. armed forces."

Dish customers will be able to keep current with military news and information including DoD news briefings, military news, interviews with top defense officials and short stories about the work of military people.

The network also will include scheduled programming: "Around the Services," a look at what's going on at each branch of the military; "Studio Five," which showcases conversations with DoD leaders; and "Focus on the Force," which highlights military missions such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Customers unable to find the Pentagon Channel in their on-screen programming guide should call Dish Network. In some cases, a second satellite dish may be required.

"Dish Network serves consumers all across the country, and many of our customers have a personal stake in the military," said Eric Sahl, vice president of programming at EchoStar. "The Pentagon Channel will be especially appreciated by military servicemembers and their families who live on or near U.S.-based military facilities across the U.S."

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