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EchoStar Now Shipping HD Satellite Set-Top Boxes Enabled by Entropic Communications' System-on-a-Chip and Demodulator Technology
Bell Canada, Dish Mexico and Telus Now Offer Fully Functional HD Satellite Set-Top Boxes Which Can Support Over-the-Top Video and Interactive Applications

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Sept. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, announced today the deployment of its set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) and demodulator technology in three EchoStar models, which are currently being deployed at Bell Canada, Dish Mexico and Telus.

With the use of Entropic's STB SoC and demodulator technology, EchoStar offers fully-functional high definition (HD) satellite STBs, which are personal video recorder (PVR)-ready via external hard drives. The devices also support over-the-top (OTT) and interactive applications via an Internet connection.

Entropic's SoC uses an integrated ARM® application CPU to power advanced application processing, with a multi-stream transport processor to support PVR functionality. It also leverages flexible, multi-format video and audio decoders and a memory controller to provide ample memory capacity for both HD picture decoding and advanced system performance. The EchoStar STBs also use Entropic's advanced, low-power turbo-coding demodulator, which provides increased satellite system throughput by up to 35 percent utilizing existing bandwidth.

When Entropic's STB SoC is coupled with its demodulator technology, it provides the core components for EchoStar's HD-PVR STB application. The very high level of integration enables a low system bill of materials (BoM) to support a variety of applications. Further, Entropic's demodulator has been designed to support EchoStar's proprietary turbo-coding demodulation standard.

"EchoStar has worked closely with Entropic on a range of models and technologies including SoCs, demodulators, and Connectivity switches," said Mark Jackson, president of EchoStar Technologies. "The Entropic SoCs and demodulators used in the EchoStar HD set-top boxes deliver the next-gen features desired by our customers in Canada and Mexico; enabling their subscribers to optimize their home entertainment experiences."

"The software in the EchoStar models take full advantage of Entropic's set-top box SoC and demodulator technology; enabling the set-top box to support a wide range of consumer video services, such as transmitting additional channels and providing HDTV viewing preferences," said Patrick Henry, president and CEO, Entropic Communications. "Being part of the EchoStar ecosystem, we have the opportunity to deploy even more innovative models globally, using the Entropic SoC platform with our connectivity bundled solutions."


The Entropic STB SoC and demodulator technology are currently available in the following models: the EchoStar 6400FG (Bell Canada), the EchoStar M211HDR (Dish Mexico) and the EchoStar 6400T (Telus).

For more information on Entropic's SoC or demodulator technologies, visit Entropic at IBC2012 in Meeting Suite G106/107 at the RAI Amsterdam, or visit:

About EchoStar Corporation

EchoStar Corporation (Nasdaq:SATS) is the premier global provider of satellite operations and video delivery solutions. EchoStar's wholly-owned subsidiary, Hughes, is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband services, delivering network technologies and managed services for enterprise and government customers in more than 100 countries.

Headquartered in Englewood, CO, with additional business units world-wide, EchoStar is a multiple Emmy award-winning company that has pioneered advancements in the set-top box and satellite industries for nearly 30 years, consistently delivering value for customers, partners and investors through innovation and outstanding quality. Over the last three decades EchoStar's contribution to video technology has been a major influencer to shifts in the way consumers view, receive and manage TV programming.

EchoStar's consumer solutions include HughesNet®, North America's #1 high-speed satellite Internet service, Sling Media's Slingbox® products, and EchoStar's line of advanced digital video set-top box products for the European free satellite and terrestrial viewer markets.

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About Entropic Communications

Entropic Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENTR) is a leading global provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment. The Company transforms how traditional HDTV broadcast and streaming video content is seamlessly, reliably, and securely delivered, processed, and distributed into and throughout the home. Entropic's next-generation home connectivity and set-top box system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions enable Pay-TV service providers to offer consumers a more captivating whole-home entertainment experience by delivering new, high-performing ways to connect, engage, and enjoy multimedia content. For more information, visit Entropic at:

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Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Entropic's STB SoC and demodulator technology, their related prospects, their role in the future of home networking and statements regarding EchoStar's leadership in delivering devices in conjunction with Entropic products or in any of the applications or markets mentioned herein, and statements regarding the anticipated benefits from the collaboration between Entropic and EchoStar. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause Entropic's and/or EchoStar's actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the success of the collaboration between Entropic and EchoStar, which will depend, in part, on each company continuing to devote sufficient resources to achieve the goals of the collaboration; the ability of both Entropic and EchoStar to successfully address technical challenges and introduce new and enhanced products on a timely basis; risks associated with market acceptance of new products developed by Entropic and EchoStar; the risk associated with market acceptance for the devices referenced in this press release; the effect of intellectual property rights claims; the effects of competition, including the risk that other devices or technologies may achieve greater market acceptance than solutions developed by Entropic or EchoStar; and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Entropic's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Entropic and EchoStar are providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Copyright © 2012 Entropic Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Entropic Investor Contact:
         Debra Hart
         +1 858.768.3852

         Entropic Media/Industry Analyst Contact:
         Chris Fallon
         +1 917.974.1667

         EchoStar Media Contact:
         Linda Haugsted
         Bob Gold & Associates
         +1 310.784.1040
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