Who is The Dish Network?

DISH Network is a Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) equipment and satellite TV service provider. DISH Network was launched by Echostar corporation in 1995 to provide Digital Broadcast satellite TV service to American homes. Consumers who own or lease, a DISH satellite dish and receiver(s) can subscribe to DISH Network programming. Today Echostar corporation operates 10 satellites in five orbital slots and leases satellite frequencies from a few other satellite operators.

Satellite Location Coverage Transponders  
EchoStar I 148° West Longitude Western United States to Central/Mountain Region
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EchoStar II 148° West Longitude Western United States to Central/Mountain Region
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EchoStar III 61.5° West Longitude (approx. due south of Bermuda) Central/Mountain Region to Eastern United States
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EchoStar IV 119° West Longitude Continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico
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EchoStar V 119° West Longitude Continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico
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EchoStar VI 110° West Longitude Continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico
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EchoStar VII 119° West Longitude Continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico
32 conus + spot beam transponders
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EchoStar VIII 110° West Longitude Continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico
32 conus + spot beam transponders
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EchoStar IX 121° West Longitude TBA
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EchoStar X TBA TBA
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EchoStar Satellite Fleet for Dish Network Programming

EchoStar I
Technical Summary and Satellite Overview
In 1992, EchoStar was granted an orbital slot at 119 degrees West Longitude. Three years later, DISH (Digital Sky Highway) Network was created. On December 28, 1995, EchoStar successfully launched its first Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS), EchoStar I, and DISH Network debuted on March 4, 1996. In December 2000, EchoStar I was moved from 119 degrees West Longitude to 148 degrees West Longitude.

EchoStar II
Technical Summary and Satellite Overview
The company's second DBS satellite, EchoStar II, was successfully launched on September 10, 1996.

EchoStar III
Technical Summary and Satellite Overview
EchoStar III, a Lockheed Martin A2100 satellite, was launched successfully from Cape Canaveral, Florida on an Atlas IIAS launch vehicle on October 5, 1997 and is orbiting at 61.5 degrees West Longitude.

EchoStar IV
Technical Summary and Satellite Overview
EchoStar IV, a Lockheed Martin A2100 satellite, was launched successfully from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on a Proton launch vehicle on May 8, 1998.

EchoStar V
Technical Summary and Satellite Overview
EchoStar V was launched successfully on September 23, 1999. The satellite is located at 110 degrees West Longitude. The satellite is one of DISH Network‘s primary satellites in offering its core services.

EchoStar VI
Technical Summary and Satellite Overview
EchoStar VI was launched successfully on July 14, 2000. The satellite is located at 119 degrees West Longitude. The satellite is one of DISH Network's primary satellites in offering its core services.

EchoStar VII
Technical Summary and Satellite Overview
EchoStar VII was launched successfully on Feb. 21, 2002. The satellite is located at 119 degrees West Longitude. The satellite is one of DISH Network’s primary satellites in offering its core services and local programming.

EchoStar VIII
Technical Summary and Satellite Overview
EchoStar VIII was lauched successfully on Aug. 21, 2002. The satellite is located at 110 degrees West Longitude. The satellite is one of DISH Network's primary satellites in offering its core services and local programming.

EchoStar IXI
ECHOSTAR SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES NINTH SATELLITE

EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) announced that its EchoStar IX satellite successfully launched from a floating platform at the equator aboard a Sea Launch rocket at 11:31 p.m. ET Thursday.

The EchoStar IX satellite is equipped with the first commercial Ka-band spot-beam payload for use over the United States and will be used to deliver future broadband initiatives for the company. The satellite also carries a Ku-band payload to provide video delivery and will operate at the 121 degree West Longitude orbital location.

EchoStar IX will join EchoStar’s current fleet of eight satellites that provide DISH Network customers with hundreds of all-digital television channels, including interactive TV services, sports programming, high definition television and international programming.

EchoStar X
February 15, 2006 - The historical launch of the EchoStar X Satellite was a success!

EchoStar X will allow DISH Network to continue to offer even more channels at the lowest price! Our customers will have access to hundreds of all-digital television channels, including interactive TV services, sports programming, high definition television and international programming. This is an important milestone for EchoStar and couldn?t have been achieved without the loyalty of our customers!

For more information about the satellite and launch mission, including pictures of the launch, you can visit the Sea Launch Web site: http://www.sea-launch.com/current_launch.htm

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