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Dish Reaches Lionsgate VOD, PPV Pact

EchoStar Communications forged a deal with Lionsgate Entertainment to carry the studio's titles on Dish Network’s video-on-demand platform, Dish On Demand, as well as pay-per-view services, including HDTV, according to officials.

"With more than 12 million subscribers, EchoStar is a leader in satellite services, and we feel strongly that this strategic partnership will enhance the value of Lionsgate's wealth of filmed entertainment content," Lionsgate executive vice president of television distribution Jon Ferro said in a prepared statement.

"This agreement further cements Lionsgate's position as a leading content driver and as an industry pacesetter, poised to maximize new opportunities offered by digital media," he added.

The Dish On Demand service is currently available on the Dish Player-DVR 508, Dish Player-DVR 510, Dish Player-DVR 625 and ViP622 DVR receivers. Customers have immediate access to the newest VOD movies on Dish On Demand, and they can use digital-video-recorder features (pause, fast-forward, rewind) to enhance their viewing experience.

Dish Network PPV offers a variety of movies every day. Customers with HD-capable receivers can tune into channel 9467 to see PPV movies in HD. All PPV movies can be ordered via remote control, by calling 1-800-333-DISH (3474) or online (