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Dish To Offer ITV Olympics

Englewood, Colo. — EchoStar Communications said it will again offer an NBC Interactive TV channel, offering a mosaic screen of multiple picture-in-picture windows enabling viewers to watch multiple 2006 Olympic Winter Games events simultaneously.

The NBC Interactive TV channel will be offered from Feb. 10-26.

New to this year’s mosaic is the NBC Olympics Showcase, providing viewers with access to information such as medal counts, updated television listings and select athlete biographies, EchoStar said.

In addition, Dish Network said it will broadcast the NBC Olympic coverage in high definition to all Dish Network HD viewers.

The mosaic will allow viewers to monitor six channels on a single TV screen and select the competition or program that they want to view in normal, full-screen format.

The screen will carry five NBC Universal networks simultaneously including: MSNBC, CNBC, USA, Bravo and SCI FI — three of the channels will carry NBC’s Olympic coverage.

A sixth screen will show NBC’s Daily Olympic Highlights, as well as a preview of upcoming Olympic events to be aired across the NBC Universal networks.

Viewers can access the NBC mosaic or the NBC Olympics Showcase through “Dish Home” on channel 100, or by selecting a trigger that will appear on the NBC Showcase commercial. Only subscribers to America’s Top 120 programming package or higher will be able to view MSNBC.