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Encyclopedia > EchoStar Communications Corporation

EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is the parent company of DISH Network and the maintainer of the satellite fleet that provides the signal that DISH Network markets. The company also designs and manufactures set-top boxes to receive the Freeview (DVB-T) broadcasts in the United Kingdom, as well as generic DVB-S receivers. NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... DISH Network is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service that provides satellite television and audio programming to households and businesses in the United States, owned by parent company EchoStar Communications Corporation. ... For other uses, see Satellite (disambiguation). ... DVB-T stands for Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial and it is the DVB European consortium standard for the broadcast transmission of digital terrestrial television. ... Official DVB logo, found on compliant devices DVB, short for Digital Video Broadcasting, is a suite of internationally accepted open standards for digital television. ...

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History

EchoStar was formed in 1980 by its chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen as a distributor of C band TV systems. In 1987, EchoStar applied for a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) license with the Federal Communications Commission and was granted access to orbital slot 119° west longitude in 1992. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The phrase Chairman of the Board has several meanings: Chairman of the Board is the term used to denote the leader of a corporations board of directors. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Charles W. Ergen (born May 1, 1953) is the co-founder and CEO of EchoStar Communication Corporation, the parent company of DISH Network. ... C band (compromise band) is a portion of electromagnetic spectrum in the microwave range of frequencies ranging from 4 to 6 GHz. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) is a term used to refer to satellite television broadcasts intended for home reception, also referred to as direct-to-home signals. ... The FCCs official seal. ... Longitude is the east-west geographic coordinate measurement most commonly utilized in cartography and global navigation. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


On December 28, 1995, EchoStar successfully launched its first satellite, EchoStar I. That same year, EchoStar established the DISH Network brand name to market its home satellite TV system. is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... DISH Network is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service that provides satellite television and audio programming to households and businesses in the United States, owned by parent company EchoStar Communications Corporation. ... For the magazine, see Marketing (magazine). ...


In 1998, EchoStar purchased the broadcasting assets of a satellite broadcasting joint venture of News Corporation's ASkyB and MCI Worldcom. With this purchase EchoStar obtained 28 of the 32 transponder licenses in the 110° W orbital slot, more than doubling existing CONUS broadcasting capacity at a value of $682.5 million dollars. The acquisition inspired the company to introduce a multi-satellite system called DISH 500, theoretically capable of receiving more than 500 channels on one dish. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the animal. ...


In January 2005, EchoStar bought the broadcasting assets of the troubled HDTV DBS company Voom including its Rainbow 1 satellite co-located with EchoStar 3 at 61.5° W. On April 29, EchoStar announced that it would expand its HDTV programming by adding the first 10 of 21 original Voom channels and mirror the channels on a CONUS slot [1]. 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in January • 29 Ephraim Kishon • 25 Philip Johnson • 23 Johnny Carson • 22 Parveen Babi • 20 Jan Nowak-Jeziorański • 17 Virginia Mayo • 17 Zhao Ziyang • 15... Projection screen in a home theater, displaying a high-definition television image. ... The VOOM logo Voom was a direct broadcast satellite television provider serving the United States. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On September 25, 2007, EchoStar announced they agreed to acquire Sling Media Inc.


Satellite Fleet

Orbital Locations Vary
Since EchoStar frequently moves satellites among its many orbiting slots this list is not immediately accurate.
Refer to Lyngsat.com for detailed satellite information.

Satellite Orbital Location Launch Date Satellite Manufacturer/Type Notes
EchoStar I 148° W 28 December 1995 Lockheed Martin Astro Space Series 7000 (AS-7000)
EchoStar II 148° W 10 September 1996 Lockheed Martin Astro Space Series 7000 (AS-7000)
EchoStar III 61.50° W 5 October 1997 Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space A2100AX
EchoStar IV 77° W (incline) 8 May 1998 Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space A2100AX Note (1)
EchoStar V 129° W 23 September 1999 Space Systems/Loral FS-1300
EchoStar VI 110° W 14 July 2000 Space Systems/Loral FS-1300
EchoStar VII 119° W 21 February 2002 Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space A2100AX
EchoStar VIII 110° W 21 August 2002 Space Systems/Loral FS-1300
EchoStar IX/Galaxy 23 121° W 7 August 2003 Space Systems/Loral FS-1300 Note (2)
Non-DBS
EchoStar X 110° W 15 February 2006 Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space A2100AX
Echostar XII/Rainbow 1 61.5° W 17 July 2003 Lockheed-Martin AS-2100 Note (3)
AMC-15 105 °W 14 October 2004 Lockheed-Martin AS-2100 Note (4)
Non-DBS
Anik F3[1] 118.75° W 12 April 2007 Astrium Eurostar 3000 Note (5)
Non-DBS, Circular Polarity in FSS band
EchoStar XI TBD TDB 2007 Space Systems/Loral FS-1300 Announced
9 May 2006

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(1) EchoStar IV at 77° W is not licensed to serve customers in the United States. EchoStar has placed the satellite in this Mexican controlled orbital slot to serve future DBS customers in Mexico.

(2) Customers use SuperDISH 121 to receive this non-DBS, medium-powered signal. Satellite is jointly owned by EchoStar and Intelsat. The Ku band is owned by EchoStar. Ka band payload owned by EchoStar and not currently in use. C band payload owned by Intelsat and is known as Galaxy 23. The SuperDish was deployed by Dish Network in November 2003 as a means to provide more channels for subscribing customers. ... Intelsat, Ltd. ... The Ku band (kay-yoo kurz-under band) is a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum in the microwave range of frequencies ranging from 11 to 18 GHz. ... The Ka band (kurz-above band) is a portion of the K band of the microwave band of the electromagnetic spectrum. ... C band (compromise band) is a portion of electromagnetic spectrum in the microwave range of frequencies ranging from 4 to 6 GHz. ... Galaxy 23 is a the name given to the C-band service of the Galaxy 23/EchoStar 9 communications satellite jointly owned by Intelsat and EchoStar located at 121° W longitude, serving the North American market. ...

(3) Rainbow 1 was launched by Cablevision/Rainbow DBS and used for the Voom DBS service at 61.5° W until the satellite and transponder licenses were sold to EchoStar in 2005. March 2006 saw DISH Network rename it to EchoStar 12. It is co-located with EchoStar III at 61.5° W.

(4) Customers use SuperDISH 105 to receive this signal. Non-DBS, medium-power AMC-15 is owned by SES Americom and replaced AMC-2 at the 105° W orbital location. EchoStar leases the entire bandwidth of the AMC-15 satellite. The SuperDish was deployed by Dish Network in November 2003 as a means to provide more channels for subscribing customers. ...

(5) Customers use the 26-centimeter DISH 500+ or DISH 1000+ to receive this non-DBS, medium-powered signal. Anik F3 is leased by EchoStar from Telesat Canada to serve CONUS customers. It broadcasts on non-DBS FSS frequencies using circular polarity (the only satellite serving the United States in this mode). It permanently replaces AMC-16 which was temporarily placed at 118.75° W due to delays in Anik F3 production. AMC-16 moved back to 85° W when Anik F3 was fully operational. Telesat Canada is a Canadian satellite communications company owned by BCE Inc. ... This article is about the animal. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.satnews.com/stories2007/4281/ Satnews.com launch of Anik F3

See also

DISH Network is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service that provides satellite television and audio programming to households and businesses in the United States, owned by parent company EchoStar Communications Corporation. ... Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) is a term used to refer to satellite television broadcasts intended for home reception, also referred to as direct-to-home signals. ...

External links

  • EchoStar homepage
  • EchoStar Europe
  • ASkyB/MCI Worldcom litigation
  • SkyREPORT.com history of DTH broadcasting
  • Lyngsat.com Satellite Data
  • SatelliteGuys.US - Satellite Discussion Forum
  • Sat-Index.com Satellite Failure Reports

  Results from FactBites:
 
EchoStar Communication Corporation (174 words)
EchoStar Communication Corporation is the parent company of DISH Network and the maintainer of the satellite fleet that provides the signal which DISH Network markets.
EchoStar was formed in 1980 by its chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen as a distributer of C-band TV systems.
In 1987, EchoStar applied for Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) license with the Federal Communications Commission and was granted access to orbital slot 119° West longitude in 1992.
EchoStar Communications Corporation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (198 words)
EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) is the parent company of Dish Network and the maintainer of the satellite fleet that provides the signal that Dish Network markets.
In January 2005, EchoStar bought a satellite from the troubled HDTV DBS company Voom.
On April 29, EchoStar announced that it would expand its HDTV programming by adding the first 10 of 21 original Voom channels [1].
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