OpenTV Builds Enhanced Home Portal Application for DISH Network(TM) New DISH Home Delivers Six Channel Mosaic of Popular Networks With Interactive


    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OpenTV Corp.
 (Nasdaq:   OPTV), one of the world's leading providers of technologies and
 services enabling the delivery of digital and interactive television,
 announced today that it developed and integrated an enhanced digital
 interactive application for EchoStar Communications Corporation's
 (Nasdaq:   DISH) DISH Network(TM). Available to all of DISH Network's
 subscribers at channel 100, the new DISH Home channel will allow viewers to
 simultaneously watch six video windows of popular networks including CNN, The
 Weather Channel and E! displayed on an attractive full-motion video
     The OpenTV-developed service allows viewers to navigate through each of
 the six video windows using the remote control's directional arrows. As they
 navigate, the audio changes to correspond with the currently highlighted video
 window. Full-screen video and audio automatically appears when a network
 window is selected. Viewers can access the wide selection of interactive
 services from the DISH Home channel, including customer service, news, and
 shopping and games. In addition, a text ticker allows EchoStar to provide
 up-to-the-minute news and events.
     The new DISH Home channel is configurable, enabling EchoStar to refresh
 the six video services, interactive offerings, banner ads, and background and
 text ticker with new content at any given time. For example, DISH could swap
 out the six video windows with six different video feeds of a single event and
 update the full-motion video background to reflect the theme of the event.
     "This is another important milestone for OpenTV in its support of
 EchoStar's digital interactive offering," said Joel Hassell, OpenTV's senior
 vice president and general manager of North American satellite. "We are
 pleased to build yet another unique, reliable iTV service for DISH Network
 that in turn dramatically enhances the value proposition and viewing pleasure
 for their subscribers. The launch of EchoStar's new DISH Home channel
 represents another step in solidifying our long-term collaborative
 relationship and reinforces their position as one of the most progressive
 interactive pay TV operators in North America."
     About OpenTV
     OpenTV is one of the world's leading providers of technologies and
 services enabling the delivery of digital and interactive television. Deployed
 in over 57 million digital set-top-boxes in 96 countries, the company's
 software enables a wide array of functionality, including enhanced television,
 interactive shopping, interactive and addressable advertising, games and
 gaming, personal video recording, and a variety of consumer care and
 communication applications. For more information, please visit
     About EchoStar
     EchoStar Communications Corporation serves more than 11 million satellite
 TV customers through its DISH Network(TM), the fastest growing U.S. provider
 of advanced digital television services in the last four years. DISH Network
 offers hundreds of video and audio channels, Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and
 international programming, together with professional installation and 24-hour
 customer service. DISH Network ranks No. 1 in Customer Satisfaction among
 Cable/Satellite TV Subscribers by J.D. Power and Associates. Visit EchoStar's
 DISH Network at or call 800-333-DISH (3474).


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