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EchoStar Offering Hi-Def VOD Movies via Satellite

29 Jun, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

EchoStar Corp., owner of satellite operator Dish Network, June 29 said it signed a deal with XStreamHD that will enable it to offer subscribers for the first time transactional video-on-demand (VOD) movies in 1080p resolution via satellite.

Englewood, Colo.-based EchoStar said XStreamHD is using satellite capacity from its leased AMC-16 satellite that is centrally located at 85 degrees west longitude. McLean, Va.-based XStreamHD claims to be the first transport network to offer 1080p video and up to 7.1 channels of lossless audio of movies and music into the home via satellite.

The company bowed prototypes of its HD media server and receiver at CES in January. On its website (www.xstreamhd.com), the company is offering the “XStreamHD Fast Start” featuring a media server, receiver, remote, HDMI and phone cables for $399. When reserving the XStreamHD system, the company will throw in five free movie rentals valued at $4.99 each.

A full catalog of movie titles is pending, according to the site.

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