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. 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. In the same year, Echostar - in association with Bell Canada - launched Dish Network Canada.
On 2 January2008 the Dish Network business was demerged from the technology and infrastructure side of the business. A split in the shares created two companies, DISH Network Corporation which consists mainly of the Dish Network business, and Echostar Corporation which retains ownership of the technology side including the satellites, Sling media, and the set-top box development arm.
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.
|EchoStar I||148° W||1995 28 December||Lockheed Martin Astro Space Series 7000 (AS-7000)|
|EchoStar II||148° W||1996 10 September||Lockheed Martin Astro Space Series 7000 (AS-7000)||On July 14, 2008, EchoStar made a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, saying EchoStar II "experienced a substantial failure that appears to have rendered the satellite a total loss".|
|EchoStar III||61.50° W||1997 5 October||Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space A2100AX|
|EchoStar IV|| 77° W|
|1998 8 May||Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space A2100AX||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.|
|EchoStar V||129° W||1999 23 September||Space Systems/Loral FS-1300||EchoStar V is still active at 129 (national HD and local HD and SD stations)|
|EchoStar VI||110° W||2000 14 July||Space Systems/Loral FS-1300|
|EchoStar VII||119° W||2002 21 February||Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space A2100AX|
|110° W||2002 21 August||Space Systems/Loral FS-1300|
|EchoStar IX/ Galaxy 23||121° W||2003 7 August||Space Systems/Loral FS-1300|| 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.|
|EchoStar X||110° W||2006 15 February||Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space A2100AX|
|Echostar XII/ Rainbow 1||61.5° W||2003 17 July||Lockheed-Martin AS-2100||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.|
|EchoStar 11||110° W||2008 15 July||Space Systems/Loral FS-1300||Announced 2006 9 May|