It seems they are planning to build a corporate headquarters in Naples: http://www.naplesnew..._expand_intern/
Hmmm ... lots about IPTV in that article. Finally admitting that it is replacing their satellite service?
Yes, because a high number of people with internet service don't have a computer.
Customers will get a set-top box that connects to the TV. A computer isn’t required to get the service, just the Internet connection.
But you can launch a satellite that has redundant transponders and immediately plan for replacement before the end of it's expected lifespan. Satellites themselves are rather stupid ... they just sit there and reflect what someone on the ground beams up to them. E*'s oldest satellites (older than E3 that is used by SkyAngel) have transponders happily reflecting E*'s newest encoding techniques. The satellite doesn't need to be smart ... it just needs to stay in orbit!
“If a satellite breaks down, you can’t lift the hood and fix it,” Scott said. “You can’t send out an IT person to fix it.”
Yes, they were only licensed for eight transponders ... of which they happily traded away the use of six transponders and immediately cut their capacity to 25% of what the FCC had granted them. You can't add more channels when you throw away your licenses. The option was there to do what EVERY OTHER DBS SATELLITE PROVIDER does ... launch their own satellites and use all of their licenses. (The exception being NPS leasing one transponder from E* to provide distants - but NPS does not have a DBS license.) The second option, paying for the use of E*'s satellite, was passed over as well.
“We had limited capacity through satellite. We were only licensed for so many transponders, which allowed us to have only so many channels,” said Nancy Christopher, vice president for corporate communications.
Options might make the service worth subscribing. But don't load us with start up costs!
With the IPTV service, customers will also get Video on Demand, giving them access to free and pay-per-view movies.
The set-box will allow customers to view programming up to 48 hours after it airs, without hitting the record button.
Now Sky Angel has one service for $14.99 a month.
With IPTV, the company will offer more service choices, including a package for $19.99 a month with 20 of the most popular family and educational channels. The lineup will include the Hallmark Channel and FOX News.