went back to Scott's post from back in May about the 2 new sats. here is the post.
Since he hints that NEITHER is named ECHOSTAR (and we know that one is AMC-14) what is the other?
There seems to be no mention of any such sat at SPACEFLIGHT NOW:
Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide launch schedule
If EchoStar 11 was the intended satellite launch, then this means a delay of a few months for the MPEG4 service.
E* has ways of creating enough bandwidth to add new national HD channels that appear during those few months:
- Replace all MPEG2-HD receivers remaining after 8/15, and then convert remaining MPEG2-HD channels to MPEG4-HD. This is likely anyway, because HBO is going to MPEG4-HD and E* will want every HD customer to be able to subscribe to HBO.
- Continue to tell the Shopping/Fishing Channels to stuff it, which would provide enough space for 3 new national HD channels.
- If necessary, remove a handful of PPV channels (E* has done this before during periods shortly before satellite launches).
Yeah well maybe Scott can clear things up some. But in the long run I think things will be fine. It will be nice when you don't half to use the 129 to get HD. Yeah which everyone should go MPEG4 and get off the old stuff which the sooner they do the better things will be for them.
The Sea Launch team is proceeding on schedule with all repairs and recertification of the Odyssey Launch Platform and associated launch support equipment. In September, we are expecting delivery of the Thuraya 3 communications satellite, which we will prepare for integration with a Zenit-3SL rocket. We plan to resume launch operations in October.
Maybe, maybe not, but more likely, he simply doesn't have hands-on dealings with this "lower" level stuff. He's the CEO ! He's not in charge of programming or what satellites they're scheduling to launch or what features will be added to a receiver and when. I mean, do people think he processes our bill payments, hires employees for the company cafeteria, writes code, etc, etc ??I have decided Charlie flat out lies...