After yesterday's victory in court by DirecTV over DISH that they can keep a new HD satellite they originally ordered in the first place from Loral, an update was posted on the SKYREPORT site regarding the REPORTED plans for the new DirecTV satellite: *Correction: On DirecTV 7S Launch - Please note, DirecTV 7S, the spot-beam spacecraft being built by Space Systems/Loral for the satellite TV company, is set for launch in first quarter 2004. SkyREPORT reported Wednesday the wrong timeframe for the satellite's launch. This is an important bit of information, since it reinforces earlier rumors that DirecTV was planning the launch of between 6-20 new HDTV channels in 2004. The new bandwidth from this new satellite would provide the means to deliver this in a timely manner. D*TV also has 2 more satellites planned for 2005. It is also important to note that Dish was trying to "snatch" this satellite away from DirecTV in the Space Systems/Loral Bankruptcy court proceedings (but failed). This has been viewed by some as a competitive tactic to either delay D*TV's expanded HDTV abilities, or get the additional capacity themselves (neither of which will now happen).