It is a fact that knowing your history can prove to be a strong ally in every endevour you will partake on. Satellite Television has come a long way in producing the best kind of medium for entertainment, information, and learning. Let’s take a time off by flipping the pages of satellite TV.
1976 saw the sprouting of the first seed of satellite TV. This was made possible by the bold effort of HBO or Home Box Office to push through with the satellite airing of the heavyweight boxing fight tagged as the Thrilla in Manila. On the same year, the first ever Direct to Home or DTH Satellite System was born. The main proponent was the former NASA scientist and a professor in Stanford University at that time. His name was Emeritus Taylor Howard. He was fond of performing experiments based on transmitting videos from satellite communications. He wittingly put together some materials in order to create a dish-shaped antenna which he later utilized in order to enjoy cable TV programs that are made for subscribers.
Howard then ventured into the gates of HBO carrying a check at a hundred bucks. This is for the movies he was able to watch. The company waved off his check saying that it did not deal with individuals alone but only with large cable companies. After this incident, Howard was able to publish his manual regarding the system he was able to come up with. He then headed off to establish Chaparral Communications Inc. with Bob Taggart. Their aim was to produce mechanisms needed for Howard’s system. At the time he was still on a continued pursuit to make the system function better. Six years came to pass and the company they built earned around 50 million dollars.
The fame of satellite TV grew and inspired more people to utilize its technology. In 1977, a man named Pat Robertson paved the way for the first regular cable service transmitted via satellite. He named it the Christian Broadcasting Network or CBN. More and more network followed such TBS or Turner Broadcasting System, the Society for Private and Commercial Earth Stations or SPACE, and COMSAT or the Satellite Television Corporation. What started as a garage experiment became a phenomenon that started to grow as a well-recognized industry.
As the years went by, consumers started to embrace the concept of satellite TV. Prices were not enough reason for people to wave off an opportunity for better TV time. The growth of the industry took a halt when the Cable Act was legalized. Sales dropped to an all-time low. A new threat also came into the picture. Satellite signal theft was hoarding the development of satellite TV so in December of 1986 the SBCA or Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association was established. It took care of the problem and prevented more theft of TV signals.
1994 was the year of a satellite TV power. DirecTV Satellite System joined the growing industry. There was an abundant amount of improvement seen specifically in picture quality and sound effects. Then came the era wherein smaller digital dishes were the hit. Up to the present the satellite TV industry is achieving more and more success.
By flipping the pages of satellite television I hope you were inspired on how a big success story can come from just a simple yet worthwhile aspiration.