Four months after loosing leased channel capacity intended for high definition (HD) television services through a launch failure involving the AMC-14 satellite, DISH Network got its HD plans back on track with the successful deployment of the EchoStar XI satellite from a seagoing launch platform located in equatorial waters of the Pacific Ocean. Earlier this year, DISH experienced a setback in its HD plans as the AMC-14 satellite owned by SES Americom failed to reach its intended orbit, resulting in a total loss of that spacecraft. All of the transponders on that satellite had been leased to EchoStar, a DISH Network affiliate, for the provision of HD services. On Tuesday, that capacity was restored as EchoStar XI was lifted into orbit via a Zenit-3SL rocket owned and operated by the Boeing-led Sea Launch venture. Built by Space Systems/Loral, EchoStar XI will provide HD channel service to the U.S. from the 110° West Longitude orbital position, enabling DISH to boost its HD channel total to 100. DISH plans to add another 50 HD channels to its lineup to bring its total to 150 by the end of this year. Meanwhile, the celebration of EchoStar XI’s successful deployment was tempered by news on Wednesday that DISH Network’s EchoStar 2 bird had suffered a critical failure, resulting in the total loss of that satellite. Launched in September 1996, EchoStar 2 had been transmitting local broadcast channels to Alaska and to six other small markets from 148° West Longitude. A DISH Network spokesman said that his company was able to shift all programming and other services from EchoStar 2 to EchoStar 1 within hours of the incident.