Satellite loss had greater consequences


Dish Network downplayed the loss of its EchoStar 2 satellite, saying the 12-year-old bird was “primarily as a back-up satellite, but had provided local network channel service to Alaska and six other small markets.” But the company had planned new duties for that old soldier. It was to have moved to a new position and become part of the eastern arc for a new MPEG4-only HD service. That, obviously, will not happen. RBR/TVBR asked Dish how the satellite loss will affect that service rollout, but the company said it would have no comment beyond the SEC filing. By the way, EchoStar 1, a year older, is still in service.