Advertisements Satellites last about 10 years. So it depends on when they were launched. Their first sat was launched in '95. If they've been following the 10 year plan, then they've got about a year left, at least on some of them. How long does a satellite last? - The Solid Signal Blog Dish bought a crap load of spectrum in the last auction, so I imagine they're aiming to eventually get out the satellite business too, hence not super interested in buying DirecTV's fleet. If they did buy, it would be for the value of the eyeballs, not the hardware and infrastructure. They already have enough of that, except possibly in Latin America and other markets outside the US.