Pondering DISH's Future Satellite Capacity
DISH Network may be lacking in the high-def programming department. And the mid-March launch anomaly experienced by the AMC-14 satellite that the company was set to utilize for an expansion of its HD slate didn't help matters.
But the small dish service has some options for future satellite capacity.
The company is preparing for the launch of the EchoStar XI satellite for later in the year. A specific timeline for the satellite mission is fuzzy, but most peg lift off for the Loral-built spacecraft for the second half of 2008. Sea Launch is handling the flight.
Also, Loral is building the EchoStar XIV and EchoStar XV satellites. There is no timeline available for the EchoStar XIV launch effort, but Loral said EchoStar XV could fly in 2010.
Also, EchoStar disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing in March that it entered into an agreement with Canada's Bell ExpressVu that provides, among other things, access to 16 transponders on the future Nimiq 5 satellite. The bird, which is set for launch in the second half of 2009, will be located at the 72.7-degree orbital location, stated the filing.