Test Your Knowledge: TV Gone Global

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Test Your Knowledge: TV Gone Global
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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
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.
1964
1966
1967

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Which network was the first to use satellites to broadcast its programming?
NBC
PBS
PBS began using satellites on March 1, 1978 when the network introduced Public Television Satellite Service.
CBS
ABC

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What is a DTH receiver?
Direct to House
Direct to Home
Although a DTH receiver can collect signals on Highway 57, it really means Direct to Home.
Direct to Household
Direct to Highway 57

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

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Which of the following shows was the first to be broadcast live around the world?
"Days of Our Lives"
"Our World"
"Our World" was the first show broadcast live around the world. Performers in 26 nations performed in separate segments on June 25, 1967.
Ali/Frazier Thrilla in Manila
CBC Evening News with Walter Cronkite

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Which war was considered TV’s first "live" war?
Korean War
Vietnam War
Persian Gulf 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.
Iraq War

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"American Idol" was the spin off from which British television show?
"X Factor"
"Pop Star"
"Pop Idol"
"Pop Idol" was a British talent show series that began in 2001. The show spawned 42 spin-offs, including the popular "American Idol" series.
"Pop Singer"

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Which satellite relayed the first live television transmission between the United States and Europe?
Sputnik
Telstar
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.
Explorer 1
Landsat

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How many people watched Elvis Presley's Aloha from Hawaii concert on Jan. 14, 1973?
5 million
10 million
200 million
1 billion
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.

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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
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.

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Which current television program is the most popular in Europe?
"House"
Snookie and crew aren't No. 1 yet in Europe, but "House" is.
"Jersey Shore"
"Desperate Housewives"
"American Idol"

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Because of globalization, which of these television shows became the most watched series in American television history?
"Jersey Shore"
"House"
"I Love Lucy"
"Rickyyyyyyyyyy we're popular." Experts say that 1 billion people have watched at least one episode of I Love Lucy.
"M*A*S*H"

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How many communications satellites are there orbiting the Earth?
50
less than 50
100
more than 200
Space is getting crowded. There are more than 200 telecommunication satellites orbiting Earth right now.

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How many people watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon in 1969?
528 million
528 million people watched as Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon.
600 million
800 million
1.2 billion

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Which media mogul was directly responsible for the globalization of television in the late '80s and early '90s?
Rupert Murdoch
John Kluge
Ted Turner
Ted Turner revolutionized satellite TV in 1980 when CNN started broadcasting.
Donald Newhouse

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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.
"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.
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.

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How many hours of American TV programming are shown in Europe?
100,000
156,789
266,000
Europe is hot for American TV programs, and people there watch about 266,000 hours of U.S. programming.
346,782

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Which of the following American talk show hosts is popular in the Middle East?
Jerry Springer
Ellen DeGeneres
Oprah Winfrey
One word: Oprah.
Dr. Phil

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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
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.
People Power
Hollywood Effect

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

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