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DishNetwork satellites

While the original DirecTV satellites were built by Hughes Electronics Corporation. DishNetwork's fleet started with mainly with those from Lockheed-Martin.
    satellite     launched        transponders/band   location
EchoStar I        1995                 16/Ku     148W
EchoStar I (inactive)        1996                 16/Ku     148W
EchoStar III (inactive)        1997                 32/Ku       61.5W
EchoStar IV (inactive)
       1998                 32/Ku       77W
EchoStar V (inactive)        1999                 32/Ku      129W
EchoStar VI
       2000                 32/Ku      119W
EchoStar VII1        2002       32/Ku + spot beams2      119W
EchoStar VIII
       2002       32/Ku + spot beams      110W
EchoStar IX/IA-13        2003              32/Ku+2Ka      121W
AMC-15 (replaced)
       2004               24/Ku,Ka      105W
AMC-16        2004        24/Ku + spot beams      119W
EchoStar XII3
       2003                  24/Ku        61.5W
EchoStar X        2006        32/Ku + spot beams      110W
EchoStar XI, XII, XIV and XV
 from 2008    

1former Cablevision's "Rainbow-1" (VOOM)
2transmission capacity enhancement technology for added local channels

DishNetwork also uses two Canadian satellites, Ciel-2 and Nimiq 5.


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