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EchoStar Rolls Out Portable Media Player

ENGLEWOOD, CO (AP) — EchoStar Communications Corp., which operates the Dish Network satellite TV service, introduced a portable media player Tuesday that displays television programs or movies, plays music and stores digital photographs.

The PocketDish comes in three sizes offering screens up to 7 inches and a maximum hard-drive capacity of 40 gigabytes. Retail prices range from $329 for the portable media player to $599 for the top-of-the-line media recorder.

The players have the capability to record video, music and data from televisions, computers, DVD players and camcorders, said Mark Jackson, president of EchoStar Technologies Corp.

In addition, the PocketDish offers a quick transfer from certain Dish Network digital video recorders, downloading an hour of programming in about five minutes, he said.

EchoStar's stock dipped 3 cents to $29 in early trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Based in Englewood, EchoStar's Dish Network is the nation's second-largest satellite TV provider with about 11.5 million customers.