Launched in 2003, EchoStar IX is a Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) that provides DISH Network customers with hundreds of all-digital television channels, including interactive TV services, sports programming, high definition television, and international programming.
EchoStar IX is equipped with one of the first commercial Ka-band spot-beam payloads for use over the United States, which is used to test, verify, and deliver future broadband initiatives for the company. The satellite payload also includes 32 Ku-Band Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) transponders, at approximately 120 watts, that enhance EchoStar's current U.S. DISH Network satellite TV service.
An additional C-band payload on the EchoStar IX satellite is owned and operated by Intelsat as Galaxy 23.