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NEW YORK Satellite TV provider EchoStar Communications finds broadcast assets attractive as potential acquisition targets and could begin day-and-date film release trials with movie studios—as cable operators have done—as part of its expansion of video-on-demand offerings, management said in its quarterly earnings call Thursday.

Asked about recent reports that EchoStar bid for broadcast assets, namely Ion Media Networks, president and vice chairman Carl Vogel declined comment on specific companies.

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