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Super Dish500 HDTV

Super Dish is a brand new service which Dishnetwork plans to launch later on this year, there is a slight possibility we could see this product introduced by the end of the summer. If you remember last years Team Summit there was alot of talk about the merger and the ability to have a single Dish to pick up programming from 101,110, and 119. Super Dish is basically the same idea, except we are now using a slightly larger Dish and are recieving programming from 105, 110, and 119. If your not familier with the 105 orbital slot, its a standard medium power KU satellite which is simmular to what Primestar used to use for their service before they where bought by Directv. From the information Charlie Ergen gave us at Team Summit, Echostar is leasing this satellite for a very long time.

Alot of people here might not like the concept of having a larger Dish, but this is technology we can use today. Unlike the Directv merger, it would have been 2-3 years before anyone could have seen the benifits of the additional bandwith. This is primarly due to the fact that everyone needed to have their dishes upgraded to see all 3 satellite slots before they could stop duplicating all the programming.

There wasn't very many details about this new service available to retailers, however here are some highlights.

A. Medium Power KU FSS Satellite at 105 Degrees West Longitude licensed for all 32 Transponders.                                           B. Capacity for up to 40/50 HDTV Channels
C. 100 International Channels on a single Dish Solution
D. Ability for Dishnetwork to have 150 local to local Markets serving approximatly 90% of the country
E. Possibility for use with Broadband internet service in the future

 
By the end of the year we will have a new satellite at a new orbital location.  The new satellite will offer many High Definition (HD) channels, maybe as many as 50 in the future, as well as several more local markets (42 more markets planned by year's end).  It is also said that up to 100 internation channels may be added.
 
The new dish will be called the Super Dish and will also be able to receive the 110 and 119 orbital slots as well as an option to receive 105 as well in the future.  The dish will have three lnbf's on it instead of two, one for each orbital slot.  The dish will be 26 inches wide.
 
Here is a link to the market areas that are currently covered highlighted in green and will be covered by the end of the year highlighted in yellow:
 
 
The local markets that may be added are:
 
    1. Albany, N.Y.
    2. Anchorage, Alaska
    3. Baltimore, Md.
    4. Boise, Idaho
    5. Champaign, Ill.
    6. Charleston, W.V.
    7. Chattanooga, Tenn.
    8. Columbia, S.C.
    9. Columbus, Ohio
    10. Davenport/Moline, Iowa
    11. Duluth, Minn.
    12. Eugene, Ore.
    13. Evansville, Ind.
    14. Ft. Smith, Ark.
    15. Ft. Wayne, Ind.
    16. Green Bay, Wis.
    17. Greensboro, N.C.
    18. Jackson, Miss.
    19. Jefferson City, Mo.
    20. Johnstown-Altoona, Pa.
    21. Knoxville, Tenn.
    22. Lincoln, Neb.
    23. Little Rock, Ark.
    24. Madison, Wis.
    25. Memphis, Tenn.
    26. Milwaukee, Wis.
    27. Missoula, Mont.
    28. Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla.
    29. Richmond, Va.
    30. Roanoke, Va.
    31. Savannah, Ga.
    32. Sherman, Texas/Ada, Okla.
    33. Shreveport, La.
    34. South Bend, Ind.
    35. Springfield, Mo.
    36. Tallahassee, Fla.
    37. Traverse City, Mich.
    38. Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.
    39. Wausau, Wis.
    40. Wichita, Kan.
    41. Wilkes Barre, Pa.
    42. Yakima, Wash.
 
The list of these cities are in alphabetical order and not in any order of when they will be added.

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