Test Your Knowledge: TV Gone Global

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

Echo 1 was a giant metallic balloon sent aloft on Aug. 12, 1960. Although it was not the first satellite to broadcast a message from space, it was capable of relaying signals to various points on the globe.

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

PBS began using satellites on March 1, 1978 when the network introduced Public Television Satellite Service.

What is a DTH receiver?

Although a DTH receiver can collect signals on Highway 57, it really means Direct to Home.

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

Satellite TV makes it easier for rural communities to receive programming they cannot get anywhere else, such as over-the-air or cable.

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

"Our World" was the first show broadcast live around the world. Performers in 26 nations performed in separate segments on June 25, 1967.

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

Although TV impacted the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War is considered the first "live" war because of satellite news feeds from the battlefield.

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

"Pop Idol" was a British talent show series that began in 2001. The show spawned 42 spin-offs, including the popular "American Idol" series.

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

Sputnik, launched by the Soviet Union, was the world's first satellite, but Telstar was the first to provide a transatlantic television feed in 1963.

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

There was a hunk, a hunk, a burnin' love when 1 billion people in 40 countries saw the King of Rock 'n' Roll's Aloha From Hawaii concert.

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

Muhammad Ali might have floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee when he battled Joe Frazier, but the first live telecast of a sporting event occurred on July 23, 1962 when a portion of the Cubs and Phillies game was beamed by the Telstar satellite.

Which current television program is the most popular in Europe?

Snookie and crew aren't No. 1 yet in Europe, but "House" is.

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

"Rickyyyyyyyyyy we're popular." Experts say that 1 billion people have watched at least one episode of I Love Lucy.

How many communications satellites are there orbiting the Earth?

Space is getting crowded. There are more than 200 telecommunication satellites orbiting Earth right now.

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

528 million people watched as Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon.

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

Ted Turner revolutionized satellite TV in 1980 when CNN started broadcasting.

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

"The Cosby Show" depicted an upper middle-class African-American family, which resonated with a cross section of people, not only in the Untied States, but around the world.

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

Europe is hot for American TV programs, and people there watch about 266,000 hours of U.S. programming.

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

One word: Oprah.

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

Soft Power is the term that diplomats and others use as they try to bolster America's image in the Middle East using TV and film.

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

Polls show that while many foreigners love American TV, most don't have a high regard for the United States itself.

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