• Short Summary

    THREE HUNDRED MILLION TELEVISION VIEWERS IN THE OLD AND NEW WORLDS WERE LINKED TODAY BY A SMALL SATELLITE SUSPENDED OVER EARTH WHEN THE FIRST COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE "EARLY BIRD" BEAMED A ONE-HOUR PROGRAMME.

  • Description

    THREE HUNDRED MILLION TELEVISION VIEWERS IN THE OLD AND NEW WORLDS WERE LINKED TODAY BY A SMALL SATELLITE SUSPENDED OVER EARTH WHEN THE FIRST COMMERCIAL COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE "EARLY BIRD" BEAMED A ONE-HOUR PROGRAMME. THE FIRST PICTURES, OF MEXICAN DANCERS AND AN ORCHESTRA IN MEXICO CITY, ESSEN'S TOWN BAND IN WEST GERMANY AND QUEBEC'S CHATEAU FRONTENAC HOTEL, WERE SEEN WITH EXCELLENT CLARITY.

    AFTER SHOWING THE VAST AUDIENCE PICTURES OF CITIES IN EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA THE TWO-WAY TRANSATLANTIC PROGRAMME MOVED ON TO INCLUDE SANTA CRUZ CELEBRATIONS IN MEXICO. THEN CAME A GLIMPSE OF THE CO-OPERATIONS BETWEEN INTERNATIONAL POLICE FORCES. BRITAIN'S SCOTLAND YARD REQUESTED ASSISTANCE IN FINDING THE MISSING MAIL TRAIN ROBBERS, AND, IN TURN, FBI AND ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE FLASHED PICTURES OF MEN WANTED IN THEIR CONTINENT.

    DRAMATIC PICTURES OF A MAJOR HEART-VALVE OPERATION AT A TEXAS MEXICAL CENTRE WERE SHOWN -- AND ALSO SCENES OF THE DOCTORS WATCHING ABSORBEDLY THE FINE DETAIL ON THE SATELLITE PICTURE RECEIVED IN A ROOM IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND.

    UNLIKE PREVIOUS COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITES WHICH ALLOWED ONLY LIMITED PERIODS OF TRANSMISSION, EARLY BIRD HOVERS SO HIGH -- 22,000 MILES (36,000 KILOMETRES) -- THAT IT STAYS IN A POINT RELATIVE TO THE EARTH. SO TELEVISION CAN BE RELAYED ACROSS THE ATLANTIC AT ANY IT'S WANTED.

    THERE WILL BE A REGULAR TWO-WAY TRANSMISSION EVERY MONDAY IN MAY. TOMORROW, LONDON IS TO BE THE FOCAL POINT OF THE BIGGEST TELEVISION LINK-UP OF CAPITAL CITIES EVER ATTEMPTED. WHEN AMERICAN VIEWERS SWITCH ON ABOUT BREAKFAST TIME THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SEE A TWO-HOUR PROGRAMME "TODAY IN EUROPE". THE POPE IS EXPECTED TO BE SEEN GIVING A MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE; CAMERA CREWS WILL BE AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE TO SEE THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD; AND THERE WILL BE INTERVIEWS WITH THE MAN-IN-THE-STREET.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7963QNH8GORVVCQ6MZFRMMTJ1
    Media URN:
    VLVA7963QNH8GORVVCQ6MZFRMMTJ1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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