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DISH Network and MGM Sign Video-On-Demand Movie Deal

by TVBlogEditor


Posted on May 29, 2007



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and LOS ANGELES, May 29, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) and its DISH Network(tm) satellite TV service today announced an agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) to carry the studio's current and catalog movie titles on its Video On Demand platform, DISH On Demand, as well as through its Pay-Per-View services. "This agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. demonstrates our commitment to meeting our customers' demands to expand programming variety," stated Andy Karofsky, vice president of Programming for EchoStar. "MGM is a great addition to both DISH On Demand and Pay-Per-View." "We are delighted to be working with DISH Network and contribute quality MGM titles from our library to the DISH On Demand service," said Joseph Patrick, executive vice president, domestic distribution, MGM. "We look forward to helping make the service a great success by bringing customers popular films such as Casino Royale, Rocky Balboa and Flyboys." DISH Network's DISH On Demand service gives customers the power to enjoy movies and other programs whenever they want and is currently available on the DISH Player-DVR 508, DISH Player-DVR 510, DISH Player-DVR 522, DISH Player-DVR 625, and one of the industry's top-rated HD receivers, the ViP622 DVR. Additionally, DISH Network's state-of-the-art DVRs enable subscribers to further customize their viewing experience by taking advantage of popular features such as pause live TV, fast forward including a 30-second skip forward, and rewind. DISH Network Pay-Per-View and DISH On Demand offer a variety of movies every day. Customers with HD-capable receivers can tune into Channel 9467 to order Pay-Per-View movies in HD. All Pay-Per-View movies can be ordered via remote control, by calling 1-800-333-DISH (3474) or by visiting www.dishnetwork.com/ppv. For more information about DISH Network call 1-800-333-DISH (3474), visit www.dishnetwork.com, or visit your local DISH Network retailer. About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,000 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 110 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit www.mgm.com. About EchoStar Communications Corporation EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) has been a leader for more than 26 years in satellite TV equipment sales and support worldwide. The Company's DISH Network(tm) is the fastest-growing pay-TV provider in the country since 2000 and currently serves more than 13.4 million satellite TV customers. DISH Network offers a premier line of industry-leading Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and hundreds of video and audio channels as well as the most national HD and International channels in the U.S., Interactive TV, Latino and sports programming. DISH Network also provides a variety of package and price options including the lowest all-digital price in America and the DishDVR Advantage Package. EchoStar is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 300 company. Visit www.echostar.com or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474) for more information. The EchoStar logo is available at http://www.primenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3707