With all of the hoopla surrounding Spaceway 1 & 2, as well as the much discussed launches of DIRECTV10 (scheduled for Q1 2007) and DIRECTV11 (scheduled for Q2 in 2007), I really haven't seen anything on DIRECTV9 (scheduled for launch July 2006) - these launch dates are all taken from last weeks D* investor webcast. ALso, the documents released during the webcast show that D9 is going to join DIRECTV1R, DIRECTV4S, and DIRECTV7s at 101 degrees - not replace any of them. the following excerpt about DIRECTV9 is taken from the Loral website: "DIRECTV 9S, scheduled for delivery in the late second quarter of 2005, is designed to operate from orbital locations at 101 degrees West longitude or 119 degrees West longitude. As a back-up for DIRECTV's 4S and 7S satellites, it will be capable of providing up to 54 transponders for high-quality local and national digital video service broadcast into 27 beams. In an alternate configuration, the satellite will be capable of providing up to 44 transponders broadcast into 30 beams." Seems like there is going to be mucho bandwidth capacity shortly - wonder why no one seems to be talking much about this bird and what it will bring. Anyone have any thoughts on this one?