Echostar 14

Yes616

The Mod Squad
#1
Over the weekend Dish had a succesfull launch of a new satellite designed to bring more HD thoughout the USA. It will be in a temporary orbit by the beginning of April when testing will begin. It is then supposed to move to a permanent position at 119° by the end of May. Echostar 7 (currently at 119°) it thought to be moving to replace the failing Echostar 12 (formerly known as Rainbow 1) at 61.5°. There may be more shuffling of satellites going on here that I know about. I will post as i learn more. But the bottom line is...

Look for more HD-LiL and national HD coming this summer to a Dish receiver near you! :)
 

Yes616

The Mod Squad
#3
Local channels provided by your satellite provider. Pardon my technical phrasing.

It means "locals into local areas". These are local channels via satellite sent by spot beams to your area. If you are out of the spot beam area, you will find them impossible to pick up.

Some people actually try to "move" the physical location of where they are watching TV. This practice actually works if what locals you are trying to view are still inside the spot beam. It works mostly if you are in a nearby DMA (designated marketing area as determined by Nielson). They don't change the billing address but only the physical location. Dish does not seem to question this so what you can do here is..

Example: You live in Wayne County, PA that is part of the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre, PA DMA. You have a rooftop antenna and you can get the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, PA locals via OTA. New York City LiL's are strong in this area so you might want to tell them you are located in Narrowburg, NY but you want to be billed at your real location. (Just say that is where you get your mail). Give them a real Narrowsburg address and saying this is where you are watching from. Dish will then turn on LiL's from NYC and you can watch Scranton OTA.

A cute trick and some do this as it works. You just need to make sure you are inside of the spot beam. You also can't have service calls to your fake location so if that is needed you need to switch back to your real location before doing that.

There is no piracy here. Just tell Dish you just moved and you (hopefully or you have to set one up yourself) have the proper antenna set up thanks to the previous occupant, and they turn off Scranton and turn on NYC.

This practice has been talked about in great detail in other forums (that many Dish exec's monitor) and still, they don't seem to care. You pay for a set of locals and that you shall get. Whatever they are. Just you are limited to one local area via satellite and you may also incorporate whatever other locals you get OTA into your Dish on-screen guide. I get the Scranton locals OTA and NYC locals via LiL on my Dish guide. This is another way to do it and it works great.
 

Yes616

The Mod Squad
#4
All seems to be going very well with E14. You always have to worry as problems have happened in the past. AMC14 is a perfect example of major trouble. The rocket malfunctioned last year and never made it to a proper orbit. Due to this, it was lost. It was supposed to replace the failing E12 (formerly Rainbow 1 that Dish aquired when Voom went down). E12 at 61.5° must be replaced very soon. That's why I know there is going to be some satellites changing places.

Here is the lastest on E14..

Space Systems/Loral-Built Satellite for DISH Network Successfully Performs Post-Launch Maneuvers

Mar 22, 2010 10:55:58 (ET)


PALO ALTO, Calif., Mar 22, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) today announced that a satellite it delivered to DISH Network L.L.C. is performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan. The satellite successfully deployed its solar arrays late Saturday night and early Sunday morning following a Saturday launch. Early today, it fired its main thruster in order to start maneuvering into geosynchronous orbit.

"EchoStar XIV is a very powerful and complex satellite," said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. "Many people around the world depend on the reliability of Space Systems/Loral satellites every day, but our success is always a team effort. I'd like to thank the ILS/Proton, DISH Network and EchoStar teams, along with our many suppliers who worked diligently alongside us, to build and launch this exceptional spacecraft."

EchoStar XIV was launched from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan aboard an ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle provided by International Launch Services. When it reaches its final destination at 119 degrees West longitude, the satellite will become a part of the DISH Network fleet, providing direct broadcast services over the continental United States. It will be used to provide expanded high definition (HD) services and added flexibility for DISH Network's more than 14 million direct-to-home (DTH) television subscribers.

EchoStar XIV is based on the Space Systems/Loral 1300 space-proven platform, which provides the power and flexibility to support a broad range of applications. EchoStar Satellite Services L.L.C., a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (SATS, Trade ), manages DISH Network's space programs and will begin in-orbit testing of the satellite later this month. With this launch, Space Systems/Loral now has 61 geostationary satellites currently on orbit.

About DISH Network

DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (DISH, Trade ), provides more than 14.1 million satellite TV customers, as of Dec. 31, 2009, with the highest quality programming and technology at the best value, including the lowest all-digital price nationwide. Customers have access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most HD channels, the most international channels, state-of-the-art interactive TV applications, and award-winning HD and DVR technology including 1080p Video on Demand and the ViP(R) 722 HD DVR, a CNET and PC Magazine "Editors' Choice." DISH Network Corporation is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 250 company. Visit Satellite TV - HD Satellite Television - DISH 1.800.823.4929 , follow on Twitter, @dishnetwork ( DISH Network (dishnetwork) on Twitter ), or become a Fan on Facebook, DISH Network | Facebook .

About EchoStar Satellite Services

EchoStar Satellite Services L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (SATS, Trade ) and provides solutions for distribution of video, audio and data domestically and internationally. EchoStar also offers IPTV solutions through its ViP-TV platform. EchoStar represents a significant source of Ku-band and Ka-band satellite capacity and spacecraft operation services with 10 satellites, ground-based teleport facilities, and an expansive terrestrial U.S. backhaul network along with 24-hour Satellite Access Centers. Visit EchoStar - Home .

About Space Systems/Loral

Space Systems/Loral, a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications (LORL, Trade ), has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As the world's leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and mobile communications. Hundreds of millions of people depend on SS/L satellites every day. For more information, visit Space Systems/Loral - The World Leader in Commercial Satellite Manufacturing .

About Loral Space & Communications

Loral Space & Communications is a satellite communications company. Through its Space Systems/Loral subsidiary, the company is a world-class leader in the design and manufacture of satellites and satellite systems for commercial and government applications including direct-to-home television, broadband communications, wireless telephony, weather monitoring, and air traffic management. Loral also owns 64 percent of Telesat, one of the world's largest providers of satellite services. Telesat operates a fleet of telecommunications satellites used to broadcast video entertainment programming, distribute direct-to-home video and broadband data services, and other value-added communications services. For more information, visit Loral's Web site at Loral Space & Communications – A Satellite Communications Company . LORL-G

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words "believes," "expects," "plans," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "anticipates," "estimates," "project," "intend" or "outlook" or other variations of these words or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. In addition, Loral Space & Communications Inc., Space Systems/Loral, Inc. or their representatives have made or may make forward-looking statements, orally or in writing, which may be included in, but are not limited to, various filings made from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and press releases or oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer of the company. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results as a result of certain risks and uncertainties which are described as "Risk Factors" and in the "Commitments and Contingencies" note to the financial statements in Loral's most recent annual report on Form 10-K. The reader is specifically referred to this document, as well as the company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to (1) risks associated with financial factors, including the global economic downturn, our history of losses and financial covenants in SS/L's credit agreement; (2) risks associated with satellite manufacturing, including competition, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers, performance of suppliers and management of our factory and personnel; (3) regulatory risks, such as the effect of U.S. export control and economic sanction laws; and (4) other risks, including litigation. The foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive. Furthermore, Loral and SS/L operate in an industry sector where securities values may be volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond the control of Loral and SS/L.

This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire, GlobeNewswire - Press Release Distribution - EDGAR Filings - Video News Releases

SOURCE: Loral Space & Communications Inc.


CONTACT: Space Systems/Loral
Wendy Lewis
+1 (650) 852-5188
 

Yes616

The Mod Squad
#5
Over the weekend Dish had a succesfull launch of a new satellite designed to bring more HD thoughout the USA. It will be in a temporary orbit by the beginning of April when testing will begin. It is then supposed to move to a permanent position at 119° by the end of May. Echostar 7 (currently at 119°) it thought to be moving to replace the failing Echostar 12 (formerly known as Rainbow 1) at 61.5°. There may be more shuffling of satellites going on here that I know about. I will post as i learn more. But the bottom line is...

Look for more HD-LiL and national HD coming this summer to a Dish receiver near you! :)
Well E7 was sitting at a temorary location for testing at 138° and is now on the move to 119°. It will start broadcasting LiL's on May 21st. This bird has great abilities to do narrow spot beams (LiL's) to much of the country. This is a great move towards the requirement to do HD locals on all available HD channels by 2012. Still not sure whats going to happen to E7 as a new E15 blast's off on July 10th to 61.5°. E7 may just end up being a spare sitting up there.
 
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