EchoStar Selects Tektronix's MTM400 to Monitor Satellite Facilities

4/15/2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced that EchoStar Communications Corporation (NYSE: DISH) has chosen its MPEG monitoring solution to observe its satellite uplink and downlink facilities.

Tektronix's MTM400 Transport Stream Monitor is a scalable solution that detects systems degradation and enables operators to easily perform diagnostics and rapidly pinpoint problems. The MTM400 ensures an error-free network and minimal downtime for customers such as EchoStar.

"We were looking for a monitoring solution that would promise seamless transmission," said Jeff McSchooler, General Manager and Vice President of Engineering, EchoStar. "Tektronix' MTM400 is a natural solution as it is easy for all our technicians to use, and more importantly, it provides non-stop monitoring capabilities that facilitate downtime prevention and enable flawless delivery of broadcasting."

"With fierce competition in the satellite industry, the ability to comprehensively monitor your network is more important than ever," said Todd Biddle, vice president, Video Product Line, Tektronix. "The MTM400 Transport Stream Monitor enables EchoStar to monitor its entire network and easily detect potential faults before its customers experience loss of signal."

About the MTM400
The MTM400 is an extended confidence transport stream monitor that provides key measurements to ensure an entire network is error free, and is only one rack-unit high. It provides high data rate, full TR101 290 monitoring of a single transport stream. When more in-depth analysis and/or recording capability is needed, diagnostic monitoring functionality can be added to the probe with additional software licenses.

The MTM400 uses Tektronix' WebMSM MPEG Measurement Manager, a software installable application that enables complete visibility of the error status of a transmission network from a standard Web browser via Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). The user is able to customize the user interface, building up geographical maps showing the location and status of the network, as well as mimic diagrams of the transmission network.

About EchoStar
EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) serves more than 9.4 million satellite TV customers through its DISH NetworkTM and is a leading U.S. provider of advanced digital television services. DISH Network's services include hundreds of video and audio channels, Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and international programming, together with professional installation and 24-hour customer service. DISH Network is the leader in the sale of digital video recorders (DVRs). Visit EchoStar's DISH Network at or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474).

About Tektronix
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc.

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