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Dish Network Plans 3 Percent Hike

January 11, 2002

Satellite-television provider EchoStar Communications Corp. said rates for its Dish Network will increase by about 3 percent in March.

The increase was announced Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Littleton, Colo.-based EchoStar said a $1 monthly increase on subscriptions to Dish’s basic packages will help offset rising programming costs and the addition of new channels and services in 2001.

The rate increase will affect only new subscribers and those subscribers whose contracts with Dish Network expire.

Dish Network, the satellite TV division of EchoStar, said its first-tier package of 50 channels will cost $22.99 per month beginning in March. The second tier, called America’s Top 100, goes to $31.99; and the third tier of 150 channels goes to $40.99. The price adjustment marks Dish Network’s second straight year of price increases.

EchoStar has agreed to merge with satellite TV rival DirecTV pending regulatory approval by the end of the year.


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