Echostar goes HD streaming

EchoStar has entered into a long-term service agreement with XStreamHD, which promises to deliver full HD video direct to the home. EchoStar and XStream have been working together for the past two years testing the transport technology which transmits in a 1080p format from the AMC-16 satellite at 85º West.

According to the XStreamHD the service will include "movies, music, electronic games, broadcast HDTV, and more - when it's most convenient, anywhere in the home, and at the quality today's home theaters were designed to support." Product launch is expected by the end of summer. Equipment costs for the service range from $399 to $699 plus a small dish. In addition, XStream lists a $9.95/month service fee. Requested programming is downloaded to the equipment for viewing (or playing or listening) at any time.