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Test Your Knowledge: TV Gone Global
by Staff
Do you think you know TV? Just because you're a fan of Mike the Situation or even Dr. House doesn't mean you know everything there is to know about television. Tune into our TV Gone Global quiz and see if you're really spending too much time in front of the "boob tube."

In which year was the first "balloon" satellite communication?

  • 1960
  • 1964
  • 1966
  • 1967

Which network was the first to use satellites to broadcast its programming?

  • NBC
  • PBS
  • CBS
  • ABC

What is a DTH receiver?

  • Direct to House
  • Direct to Home
  • Direct to Household
  • Direct to Highway 57

Which of the following statements best describes why TV satellite communication benefits rural areas?

  • Because of satellite TV, rural areas are now able to receive broadband.
  • Because of satellite TV, rural areas gained the ability to receive TV programming that it was not able to receive by standard methods.
  • Because of satellite TV, local advertisers can compete with national stores.
  • Because of satellite TV, people in rural areas now have the ability to receive overseas TV signals.

Which of the following shows was the first to be broadcast live around the world?

  • "Days of Our Lives"
  • "Our World"
  • Ali/Frazier Thrilla in Manila
  • CBC Evening News with Walter Cronkite

Which war was considered TV’s first "live" war?

  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Persian Gulf War
  • Iraq War

"American Idol" was the spin off from which British television show?

  • "X Factor"
  • "Pop Star"
  • "Pop Idol"
  • "Pop Singer"

Which satellite relayed the first live television transmission between the United States and Europe?

  • Sputnik
  • Telstar
  • Explorer 1
  • Landsat

How many people watched Elvis Presley's Aloha from Hawaii concert on Jan. 14, 1973?

  • 5 million
  • 10 million
  • 200 million
  • 1 billion

Which of the following was the first live satellite broadcast of a sporting event?

  • Ali/Frazier I
  • Super Bowl 1
  • 1972 Winter Olympics
  • Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Which current television program is the most popular in Europe?

  • "House"
  • "Jersey Shore"
  • "Desperate Housewives"
  • "American Idol"

Because of globalization, which of these television shows became the most watched series in American television history?

  • "Jersey Shore"
  • "House"
  • "I Love Lucy"
  • "M*A*S*H"

How many communications satellites are there orbiting the Earth?

  • 50
  • less than 50
  • 100
  • more than 200

How many people watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon in 1969?

  • 528 million
  • 600 million
  • 800 million
  • 1.2 billion

Which media mogul was directly responsible for the globalization of television in the late '80s and early '90s?

  • Rupert Murdoch
  • John Kluge
  • Ted Turner
  • Donald Newhouse

Which of the following statements best describes why "The Cosby Show" was so popular overseas?

  • "The Cosby Show" was able to speak to a broad cross section of world viewers.
  • Bill Cosby portrayed a fun-loving father that resonated with many people.
  • "The Cosby Show" was able to attract global advertisements.
  • Bill Cosby has always been a popular entertainer overseas.

How many hours of American TV programming are shown in Europe?

  • 100,000
  • 156,789
  • 266,000
  • 346,782

Which of the following American talk show hosts is popular in the Middle East?

  • Jerry Springer
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Dr. Phil

Which of the following terms describes how the United States uses television and movies to influence public opinion in the Middle East?

  • Hard Sell
  • Soft Power
  • People Power
  • Hollywood Effect

Which of the following statements best describes how foreigners view America and its popular culture?

  • While American television shows have become popular overseas, foreign opinions of America itself have soured.
  • Many foreigners say American TV is a true representation of life in the United States.
  • American television shows have become popular overseas, and foreigners look favorably on America, as well.
  • While American television shows are popular overseas, most viewers know it is not an accurate depiction of life in the United States.