EchoStar announced a new promotion that offers new subscribers its just-launched high-performance Dish 500 decoder system free after rebate in exchange for a one-year commitment for any combination of programming services totaling $56.98 per month or higher.
The offer is part of the Dish Network's One-Rate Plan promotion, which offers customers the following three options, each available until January 1, 2000:
- A $299 rebate is offered for the purchase of a Dish 500 system receiver when the customer makes a $56.98 per month programming commitment, on a package including the America's Top 100 CD package and a choice of three premium movie services.
- A $199 rebate is offered on the purchase of any EchoStar multi-room-ready receiver system when the customer commits to a $48.98 per month plan for one year.
- And a $100 rebate is offered on the purchase of an EchoStar multi-room-ready receiver when the customer commits to a $38.98 monthly plan for one year.
Additionally, EchoStar is offering customers who opt for any of the One-Rate plans a free self-installation kit or a basic professional installation for $99.
EchoStar said it is now shipping its Dish 500 receiver systems, which include dual-LNB dishes capable of receiving signals from both the 119-degree and 110-degree orbital slots. Next-generation Dish 500 receivers 3822 ($249 suggested) and 4722 ($299 suggested) both have the ability to receive up to 500 channels and incorporate OpenTV software that will soon provide subscribers with interactive and e-commerce services.