For the first time since direct broadcast satellite came to Vermont, “Vermont This Week,” “Outdoor Journal,” “R.F.D.,” “Profile” and other productions of Vermont Public Television (VPT), along with a full schedule of PBS programs, are beaming their way to satellite viewers.EchoStar’s DISH Network began offering local TV channels to its subscribers in Vermont and bordering areas on July 24.The new local service will be available within the boundaries of the Burlington-Plattsburgh Nielsen market, which includes most of Vermont andmany bordering counties of New Hampshire and New York. Bennington and Windham counties will not have access to Vermont stations at this time.VPT general manager Dan Harvey had praise for the move. “This is great news for Vermonters,” he said. “Satellite subscribers have been asking for years to get VPT and other local stations. This breakthrough will bring VPT to thousands of new viewers across VPT’s viewing area.” John King, VPT’s president and CEO, added praise for the work of U.S. SenatorPatrick Leahy: “Senator Leahy and his staff have led the way to make local stations available to dish subscribers, and Vermont is one of the first markets to benefit from his work. We’re very grateful for what he has done and is continuing to do.”DISH Network serves about a third of the satellite subscribers in Vermont.