EchoStar Communications Corporation

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EchoStar Communications Corporation Template:Nasdaq is the parent company of DISH Network and the maintainer of the satellite fleet that provides the signal which DISH Network markets.

History

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 a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) license with the Federal Communications Commission and was granted access to orbital slot 119 west longitude in 1992.

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.

In January 2005, EchoStar bought a satellite from the troubled HDTV DBS company VOOM. Later on April 29, EchoStar announces to expand more HDTV programming by adding the first 10 of 21 original VOOM channels (more info by clicking this link) (http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=dish&script=410&layout=-6&item_id=703340).

Satellite fleet

Satellite Orbital slot Launch date Satellite type
EchoStar I 148W December 28, 1995 Lockheed Martin AS-7000
EchoStar II 148W September 10, 1996 Lockheed Martin AS-7000
EchoStar III 61.5W October 5, 1997 Lockheed Martin A2100AX
EchoStar IV 119W May 8, 1998 Lockheed Martin A2100AX
EchoStar V 110W September 23, 1999 Space Systems/Loral LS-1300
EchoStar VI 119W July 14, 2000 Space Systems/Loral LS-1300
EchoStar VII 119W Feb. 21, 2002 Lockheed Martin A2100AX
EchoStar VIII 110W Aug. 21, 2002 Space Systems/Loral LS-1300
EchoStar IX 121W August 7, 2003 Space Systems/Loral LS-1300
EchoStar X 110W (est.) late 2005/early 2006 Lockheed Martin A2100AX
EchoStar XI TBD (est.) 2007 Space Systems/Loral LS-1300

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