SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Washington, D.C. 20549 __________________________________________ FORM 8-K CURRENT REPORT Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): DECEMBER 1, 1999 ECHOSTAR COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION (Exact name of registrant as specified in charter) NEVADA 0-26176 88-0336997 (State or other jurisdiction (Commission (IRS Employer of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.) 5701 S. SANTA FE DRIVE LITTLETON, COLORADO 80120 (Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code) Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (303) 723-1000 ITEM 5. OTHER EVENTS EchoStar Communications Corporation ("EchoStar") announced on November 29, 1999 that it is offering $400 million aggregate principal amount of Convertible Subordinated Notes due 2006, in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 144A. SIGNATURES Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized. ECHOSTAR COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION /s/ Doron Gorshein Dated: December 1, 1999 By: _____________________________ Doron Gorshein, Vice President and Associate General Counsel EXHIBITS INDEX Exhibit Description ------- ----------- 99.1 Press Release, dated November 29, 1999, issued by EchoStar announcing $400 Million Rule 144A Offering.
EXHIBIT 99.1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE _____________________ CONTACT: Judianne Atencio Director of Communications EchoStar Communications Corp. 303/723-2010 email@example.com ECHOSTAR COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES $400 MILLION RULE 144A OFFERING Littleton, Colo., Monday, Nov. 29, 1999 - EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH, DISHP) today announced that it is offering $400 million aggregate principal amount of Convertible Subordinated Notes due 2006, in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 144A. The net proceeds of the offering are expected to be used to fund subscriber acquisition costs, for capital expenditures in connection with the construction and launch of additional satellites or for other general corporate purposes (including potential acquisitions and debt service). The notes have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under such Act or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. EchoStar Communications Corp., includes three interrelated business units: * DISH Network TM is EchoStar's state-of-the-art direct broadcast satellite system that is capable of offering over 500 channels of digital video and CD-quality audio programming, fully MPEG-2/DVB compliant hardware and installation. DISH Network was also ranked number one in customer satisfaction among satellite/cable TV subscribers by the J.D. Power and Associates 1999 Cable/Satellite TV Customer Satisfaction Study. * EchoStar Technologies Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes DBS set-top boxes, antennas and other digital equipment for the DISH Network and various international customers that include ExpressVu Canada and the Via Digital system in Spain. ETC provides construction, oversight and project integration services for customers internationally. ETC also oversees EchoStar Data Networks Corporation in Atlanta, a leading supplier of MediaStream R technology for distributing Internet content over satellite networks. * Satellite Services provides the delivery of video, audio and data services to business television customers and other satellite users. These services include satellite uplink, satellite transponder space usage and other services. Satellite Services also administers Sky Vista, a direct broadcast satellite service offering popular digital satellite television programming to viewers in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories in the Caribbean. DISH Network, which currently serves over 3.1 million customers, is a trademark of EchoStar Communications Corporation. DISH Network is located on the Internet at www.dishnetwork.com. # # #