Early satellite TV predictions highlighted instant communication potential
Excerpt from the October 16, 1965, issue of Science News Letter
Satellite TV predicted — Thirty-thousand-watt satellites transmitting radio and television directly into homes without the need for ground stations are the prediction of Radio Corporation of America board chairman David Sarnoff…. Such satellites could handle three TV and three radio channels at once, with little modification necessary in present home antennas. “When we can communicate instantly to everybody, everywhere,” he said, “we will set in motion a force whose ultimate political, social and economic impact upon mankind cannot be calculated today….” — Science News Letter, October 16, 1965
Communication satellites provided global coverage just in time for televising the first moon landing, in 1969. Cable companies began using satellites to send TV programming from station to station in 1975, and the following year, a Stanford electrical engineer built an antenna to receive the first home transmission. Now, satellite TV, phone and Internet make instant communication an everyday experience with the world-changing impact that Sarnoff foresaw.