Jan 06, 2000

Seagate Provides Disc Drive Technology for World's First Interactive Satellite TV Receiver

Seagate Technology Inc. (NYSE:SEG), the world's leading disc drive supplier for the consumer market, announced today that its U8 disc drive has been integrated into the new DISHPlayer 500 from EchoStar Communications Corp., which together with WebTV Networks, has produced the world's first interactive satellite TV receiver featuring digital video recording. The DISHPlayer 500 includes the new WebTV Personal TV service. Together, DISH Network, WebTV Networks and Seagate deliver the complete enhanced TV product with digital video recording, hundreds of popular digital satellite TV channels and interactive TV programs, Internet browsing, Instant News and games - all in a single set-top unit.

Seagate offers a variety of testing, integration and mechanical analysis services to assist in qualifying drive-capable consumer electronics devices. These services are available to key OEM customers such as EchoStar as part of Seagate's partnership qualification business model.

The new DISHPlayer 500 is the world's first satellite TV receiver with a built-in Seagate hard drive capable of simultaneously recording and playing back full-quality digital video - without the hassles of videotape. The disc drive makes possible a number of enhanced features for customers who subscribe to WebTV Personal TV service, such as up to 12 hours of digital video recording: TV Pause, skip, fast-forward or rewind any selected program; downloadable video games via satellite; and Instant News. The TV Listings feature allows users to view programming seven days in advance and to quickly search and find programs to watch or automatically record with a touch of a button. WebTV Personal TV service gives viewers greater control over their TV with the ability to freeze a "live" TV program using TV Pause or instantly replay or skip ahead a few seconds to their favorite movie scene or the next big play of a sporting event.

"EchoStar is pleased to include Seagate's high quality hard disc drives in the new DISHPlayer 500," said Mark Jackson, senior vice president of Satellite Services at EchoStar. "Seagate's storage technology is an excellent addition for EchoStar's state-of-the-art satellite television products."

"Seagate is proud to support EchoStar and WebTV in redefining the capabilities of television," said Brian Dexheimer, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Seagate. "We are particularly pleased that our advanced testing and integration services helped Echostar quickly qualify the U8 drive for the DISHPlayer 500. Since 1997, Seagate has led the way in providing storage technology for the home consumer market, and the new DISHPlayer product is the latest example of how our disc drives are changing the future of television."

EchoStar's DISHPlayer 500 will be on display at the CES tradeshow in the DISH Network booth #6011 in the north hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and at WebTV's section in the Microsoft booth #626 in the south hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Seagate Technology, Inc. (NYSE:SEG) is a leading provider of technology and products enabling people to store, access, and manage information. The Company is committed to providing best-in-class products to help people get information when, where and how they want it. Seagate is the world's largest manufacturer of disc drives, magnetic discs and read-write heads, an innovator in tape drives, and a leading developer of Business Intelligence software. Seagate can be found around the globe and at http://www.seagate.com. For automated news, stock and financial information by phone, dial toll-free 877-SEG-NYSE. Outside the U.S. and Canada, dial 760-704-4368.

DISH Network is EchoStar's state-of-the-art DBS system with the capacity to offer customers 500 channels of digital video and CD-quality audio programming as well as fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware and installation. DISH Network is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation and currently serves approximately 3.25 million customers. DISH Network was ranked number one in customer satisfaction among satellite/cable TV subscribers by J.D. Power and Associates in 1999. EchoStar V, EchoStar's newest, high-power direct broadcast satellite, launched on Sept. 23, 1999, and provides the capacity for DISH Network to offer 500 channels, including high definition television, more local channels, and high-speed interactive television and data services. For more information, contact 1-800-333-DISH (34174) or visit www.dishnetwork.com.

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