Okay - this is not intended as a plug for DirecTV. I just like this kind of high-tech/high-def geeky stuff.
DIRECTV HD Gets Lift With Successful Satellite LaunchHDTV Magazine Article
12/29/2009 - As the DIRECTV 12 satellite soars into space following its successful launch today, DIRECTV customers will soon see a stellar lineup of new HD channels and movie choices.
When the satellite begins operations in the early second quarter of next year, it will be among a fleet of five powerful, HD satellites delivering an unprecedented array of programming and other services to households across America.
The new satellite will boost DIRECTV's HD capacity by 50 percent, to more than 200 HD channels.