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.