Dish Network this week launched EchoStar XIV into the sky, its 15th satellite which will help the company expands its already-massive HD channel offerings.
With a constellation of 15 satellites, Dish Network has more metal in the stars than any other TV provider.EchoStar XIV was launched from a base in Borat's hometown Kazakhstan.
Dish Network currently offers 160 HD channels, putting it at the top of the HDTV competition. However, it has drawn criticism for its multi-tiered HD pricing structure which can add several dollars a month to a TV bill that would cost nothing extra on cable.
However, satellite technology allows for faster and wider deployment of HD coverage. An executive VP at Dish, Tom Cullen, said in a press release, "We look forward to extending our industry-leading HD line-up to well over 200 channels."