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ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Dec. 17, 2012 – Schurz Communications Inc. is threatening to block DISH customers’ access to programming on its ABC, CBS and NBC stations, demanding that DISH pay more than five times the current cost for the same content. Schurz wants all DISH customers to pay a premium to use DISH’s commercial-skipping AutoHop™ feature.

If Schurz, based in Mishawaka, Ind., allows the current retransmission consent agreement to expire, DISH customers would lose access to programming in the following six cities: Anchorage, Alaska (NBC); Springfield, Mo. (ABC, NBC); Roanoke, Va. (CBS); Wichita, Ks. (CBS); South Bend, Ind. (CBS) and Augusta, Ga. (NBC). Also in jeopardy are the CW channels in Springfield and Wichita and an independent channel in South Bend.

Schurz is insisting on a rate increase to more than five times what DISH pays under its current contract, demanding that all DISH customers pay for AutoHop, a customer-enabled commercial-skipping technology found on Hopper™ Whole-Home DVRs, whether they use the feature or not.

“DISH has been unable to reach an agreement with Schurz Communications because Schurz is demanding that DISH pay a significant penalty for allowing our customers access to AutoHop, a commercial-skipping feature on our Hopper,” said Dave Shull, DISH senior vice president of programming. “Consumers have had the right to skip commercials since the advent of the remote control. We are simply providing consumers with choice to watch what they want, when they want. We will continue to stand for consumer choice and control.”

DISH will work continuously for its customers in hopes of reaching a fair deal with Schurz that allows DISH customers in the affected cities to continue to receive the content they want while allowing them to view that content when they want and how they want in their own homes.

DISH carries almost 1,700 local channels nationwide and has successfully negotiated contracts with hundreds of stations; so DISH knows that its offer to Schurz is fair and reasonable.

To learn more about DISH’s negotiations with Schurz, visit www.DISHValuePledge.com.

About AutoHop
DISH’s AutoHop feature is offered with the Hopper’s exclusive PrimeTime Anytime™ capability, which allows viewers to choose to record the primetime TV programming on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC -- the networks that deliver some of the most popular shows during primetime.

Once the viewer enables the PrimeTime Anytime feature, and selects the networks and nights to record, the Hopper stores these shows for up to eight days after they have aired making it easy to access episodes from last night, or last week.
The AutoHop commercial-skipping feature, using patented technology, works with most shows recorded using PrimeTime Anytime.
A viewer can watch a show with the AutoHop option commercial-free starting the day after a show has been recorded with the Hopper’s PrimeTime Anytime capability. Prior to that, the Hopper’s 30-second “hop forward” feature continues to work for same-day viewing of recorded shows.

About DISH
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.042 million satellite TV customers, as of Sept. 30, 2012, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.

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