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EchoStar Satellite


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EchoStar Satellite

EchoStar satellite provides its customers thousands of digital channels including sports channels, HDTV, and many international business channels. EchoStar Satellite Services is a division of EchoStar Technologies L.L.C., which was founded in 1980 as a distributor of C-Band TV systems. EchoStar applied for the license of direct broadcast satellite (DBS) from the FCC in 1987 and later on in 1992, it was granted access to 119 orbital location for a future EchoStar satellite. The first EchoStar satellite was launched from Xichang, China on December 28, 1995. The second largest DBS provider in the United States, Dish Network was established in the same year after the launch of EchoStar Satellite. The launch proved to be quite successful as Dish Network offered about 40 digital video channels along with many digital audio channels for a very low monthly cost.

EchoStar Satellite

EchoStar satellite allowed the company to offer low rates than their competitor Direct TV satellite providers. EchoStar was the fastest growing company and thousands of customers were pleased with the options provided by EchoStar. EchoStar Satellite 1 was followed by EchoStar Satellite 2, which was successfully launched on September 10, 1996. The launch of second EchoStar Satellite allowed Dish Network to increase channel capacity and provide better services to its customers. Dish Network earned a special reputation in the hearts of millions of people and it was recognized as a world-class broadcasting company. The cable providers were highly affected due to the exclusive services provided by Dish Network.

Rupert Murdoch, a multi-billionaire and a businessman, was the founder of News Corporation (News Corp.). He was keen to work with Dish Network. News Corp. operating under the brand name SKY was recognized as successful DTH providers in the European countries. They were already looking for finding a way to capitalize the North American Market and the dream came true after the successful negotiation with EchoStar in 1997. EchoStar along with News Corp. and MCI managed to provide over 500 high-quality channels and the merger proved to be quite profitable deal for EchoStar. The merger not only helped EchoStar financially but allowed to launch few more satellites at 110 W.L. location, which was previously allotted to MCI. The management disputes between EchoStar and New Corp. created controversies and proved to be the end of the deal.

The third EchoStar satellite was launched on September 11, 1997 with the intention of providing services to the Eastern USA. This was again followed by the launch of fourth EchoStar satellite to provide services to Western U.S. customers. EchoStar had clear ideas in their mind and always tried to attempt new technologies in order to provide their customers with best of the services at affordable rates. From the launch of their first EchoStar satellite in 1995, EchoStar has launched almost 10 high-powered commercial satellites. The latest high-powered DBS-band EchoStar satellite is expected to be launched in 2010. Dish Network, today, is the number one satellite TV provider in the United States. With over millions of satisfied customers, Dish Network is recognized as the leading satellite TV broadcaster in North America.

The Dish Network Business on 2 January 2008 was split into two parts. Dish Network Corporation will now deal with the Dish Network Business and EchoStar Broadcasting Corporation retained the ownership of the technology including EchoStar satellites. EchoStar satellites have always allowed Dish Network to provide services such as standard definition and high definition. The powerful fleet of orbiting satellites in different locations has allowed subscribers to receive their favorite channels with the help of satellite dish and Dish Network's receivers. The services are going to be more improved in the future and do not get surprised if EchoStar decides to launch many other EchoStar satellites!








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