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DISH Network(R) Introduces DISH Earth Channel


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#1 OFFLINE   tsmacro

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 09:42 AM

DISH Network® Introduces DISH Earth Channel





ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 22, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Real-time views of planet from world's first Earth-directed camera mounted on a commercial communications satellite

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH) today announced the launch of DISH Earth, a channel exclusively available to DISH Network customers, offering dramatic live views of Earth 24 hours per day, including passing views of the moon, Venus, and even unidentified flying objects. DISH Network customers can experience the camera's live feed for free on Ch. 212 beginning this evening.

The DISH Earth channel content is supported by a camera installed on DISH Network's EchoStar 11 satellite - the world's first Earth-directed camera mounted on a commercial communications satellite. Six years in the making, the DISH Earth camera offers a 30 degree x 22.4 degree field-of-view that includes fascinating live full-disk views of the planet from a distance of approximately 22,300 miles above Earth. The regular night/day cycle, weather patterns, and seasonal changes in the western hemisphere are clearly visible via the 'eyes' of the camera, which observe objects in the visible spectrum, similar to the human eye, with a resolution of about 20 km per pixel.

"We are pleased to be able to offer, exclusively to our customers, footage from the world's only Earth-viewing live video camera on a commercial communications satellite," said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming at DISH Network. "What's more, from time to time, the DISH Earth camera is able to capture some unique images, including an unidentified flying object last August."

The DISH Earth camera was integrated onboard the EchoStar 11 spacecraft, a high powered satellite launched in 2008 to a geo-synchronous orbit at 110 degrees west longitude, which provides video service for DISH Network customers.

In addition to the live video footage, DISH Network has also partnered with Space Services, Inc. (SSI), a Houston-based aerospace company, to offer consumers photos of the planet on a loved one's special day via its Give the World™ service. The camera captures the cloud formations, storms, and the green and blue beauty of planet Earth forever in a nicely packaged photo frame to commemorate a birthday, wedding, anniversary or any memorable occasion. Regular photo pricing ranges from $29.95 to $99.95.

The DISH Earth camera was developed by the EchoStar Spacecraft Operations Team, Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation of Pasadena, CA, and Space Systems/Loral and is operated under a license granted by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

For more information about DISH Earth and Give the World, visit www.GiveTheWorld.com. To view videos of timelapsed images of the earth and an unidentified flying object, visit www.GiveTheWorld.com/aboutEchoStar11.asp. To learn more about DISH Network, visit www.dishnetwork.com.

About DISH Network Corporation

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) provides approximately 13.678 million satellite TV customers as of Dec. 31, 2008 with the highest quality programming and technology at the best value, including the lowest all-digital price nationwide. Customers have access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most international channels in the U.S., state-of-the-art interactive TV applications, and award-winning HD and DVR technology including 1080p Video on Demand and the DuoDVR™ ViP® 722 DVR, a CNET and PC Magazine "Editors' Choice." DISH Network is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 250 company. Visit www.dishnetwork.com.

About EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.

EchoStar Technologies L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (Nasdaq: SATS), which provides equipment sales, digital broadcast operations, and satellite services. EchoStar has 25 years of experience designing, developing and distributing advanced award-winning set-top boxes and related products for pay television providers. The company includes a network of 10 full-service digital broadcast centers and leased fiber optic capacity with points of presence in approximately 160 cities. EchoStar also delivers satellite services from eight owned and leased in-orbit satellites and related FCC licenses. Visit www.echostar.com for more information.

About Space Services

Space Services, Inc. is a Houston-based aerospace company and a leader in public participation spaceflight. Space Services, Inc. heritage encompasses nearly 30 years of leadership in private sector space missions and applications including the first ever private launch into outer space, the first ever memorial spaceflight, and several high visibility public space missions for science, education and entertainment. This orbit allows EchoStar 11 to remain at the same position above the Earth 24 hours a day. The DISH Earth camera on EchoStar 11 is operated under a license from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

About Ecliptic

Pasadena, Calif.-based Ecliptic Enterprises Corporation is the world's leading provider of video systems for use with rockets and spacecraft. Since 1997 its rugged RocketCam™ systems have been successfully launched onboard 62 rockets and 4 spacecraft, including EchoStar 11. Three NASA lunar spacecraft will carry RocketCam to the Moon during the next three years. Visit http://www.eclipticenterprises.com.

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#2 OFFLINE   jimmyv2000

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 09:53 AM

what a waste of bandwith if you ask me

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 09:57 AM

Sounds kinda cool to me. Something interesting to flip to when you only have a couple of minutes and don't wanna get engrossed in something. You KNOW they'll be making money off selling stock footage from the stream.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 10:15 AM

This will be very cool during hurricane season.
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 10:17 AM

I think this is a GREAT idea, I can't wait for it to start showing up in my system.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 10:21 AM

Ah. That's why they moved C-SPAN 2. I figured that we would get C-SPAN 3 on 212. This will be kind of cool to see a live view of the earth though.

As for the pictures they have for sale, they have options for nice frames, but it has the Dish Network & Space Services logos on the front of them which kind of detracts from the look of it (not that I don't like the logos, just not on something that I would give to someone as a gift).
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 10:22 AM

Surprised no one has asked this yet:

Is it HD?
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 10:24 AM

Interesting concept -- will be curious to see how it pans out.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 10:25 AM

This will be very cool during hurricane season.


Yeah,now I can watch it destroy my house from afar:lol:

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 10:29 AM

Surprised no one has asked this yet:

Is it HD?


camera facts:

* Two identical cameras mounted in radiation-protective aluminum housing on spacecraft earth-face deck. Cameras have 12mm focal length lenses.
* Resolution is approximately 25km/pixel and the output is 720 x 486 pixel NTSC.
* Image quality and rate are configurable on-orbit, with 3 modes.
* Modes for 400kbp/s (recommended default/clear sky), 150kbp/s (medium rain fade), and 25kbp/s (heavy rain fade)
* Imagery is continuously archived at EchoStar’s Uplink Facilities.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 11:19 AM

Where can I subscribe to PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network?

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 11:48 AM

Who wants to look at an SD image to the Earth? If DiSH really wanted to be innovative, they would have mounted an HD camera on the thing.
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:22 PM

SD or not, for the first company to try something it will still be cool. Maybe in the future we will see improvements on new sats if this works out and shows an interest. Maybe it was a power consumption issue also, you know there are no 22,500Mi extension cords. :)

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:29 PM

It will be nice to have something to watch that doesn't have audio dropout and video pixelation and freezing.:rolleyes:

I know it's cool to look at, but I do wonder how it's going to help me more than being able to get this with just one click:

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:33 PM

It will be nice to have something to watch that doesn't have audio dropout and video pixelation and freezing.:rolleyes:

I know it's cool to look at, but I do wonder how it's going to help me more than being able to get this with just one click:

Maybe because that is a satellite image, not a picture from a camera of the entire earth. I recommend you check out the web site link to some images put together of what the satellite sees, its really quite impressive.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:40 PM

Maybe because that is a satellite image, not a picture from a camera of the entire earth. I recommend you check out the web site link to some images put together of what the satellite sees, its really quite impressive.

Oh, I looked and it is impressive. And I'm going to get it at "no extra cost" with my Dish subscription payments which were intended to go towards nearly flawless HD TV signals.

So what's this going to do for me, again?

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:42 PM

Anybody notice the irony with the Channel number, 212? one channel above NASA-TV at 213?
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 01:48 PM

I wonder if they could make 3D images since the cameras are right next to eachother like that.
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 02:04 PM

Plenty of such pictures are available from the various weather sites. Not sure what advantage this video will have.
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Posted 22 April 2009 - 02:09 PM

As long as the expense for this this doesn't keep Charlie from dropping some coins for FX and SPEED in HD this Summer, I guess his toys are ok, but that's what it is - a cool toy for grownups.

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