DISH Network Adds Big Ten Network
EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and its DISH Network satellite TV service today announced the launch of the Big Ten Network.
“DISH Network recognizes how important Big Ten games are to our customers, and we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Big Ten Network so we may continue offering our customers the best in college and all sports,” said Eric Sahl, senior vice president of programming for DISH Network. “Additionally, when we launch the HD simulcast of the Big Ten Network next week, our customers will receive even more HD programming at the best value.”
Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said: “It’s great to add DISH Network to our growing list of distribution partners, because it offers another important choice for our fans. DISH Network continues to enhance its HD sports lineup, and we’re going to produce more events in HD than any new network in television history. We look forward to working closely with DISH Network to bring more and more viewers to the Big Ten Network.”
DISH Network customers nationwide who subscribe to America’s Top 100 and higher will find the Big Ten Network on Channel 439. Customers throughout the nation will also have the opportunity to preview the network until early 2008. At that time, the channel will be carried on America’s Top 100 Plus service within the eight states with Big Ten institutions.
DISH Network will broadcast two games in high-definition Saturday on Channel 9467, including Akron @ Ohio State (12:00 p.m. ET) and Syracuse @ Iowa (8:00 p.m. ET), and officially launch the HD simulcast of the Big Ten Network the following week.
DISH Network customers enjoy comprehensive football coverage, including the NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNU, CSTV, CBS, NBC and ABC. Fans who can’t make it to the games will feel like they’re watching from the sidelines with DISH Network’s industry-leading DishHD and unparalleled picture clarity. The leader in high-definition, DISH Network offers 39 national HD channels including NFL Network HD and ESPN HD, as well as HD local channels in more than 50 percent of U.S. households. DishHD is available free for six months to new customers, and new DISH Network subscribers may also receive a free upgrade to the company’s industry-leading and award-winning HD DVR receivers, providing instant replays via a 10-second skip back function.
For more information about the Big Ten Network on DISH Network, DishHD, or to subscribe to DISH Network, visit www.dishnetwork.com, call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) or visit a local DISH Network retailer.
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