Ground Stations, the CATV Satellite Interface

Author(s): Hubert J. Schlafly
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 October 1970
Conference Location: New York, NY, USA
Conference Date: 5 October 1970
Page(s): 27 - 37
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-903-4
DOI: 10.5594/M00692



The opportunity for distribution of multichannel programing to all areas of the country is becoming a reality via the satellite/ground station technology. The economic viability of such a system, to a large measure, depends on the cost, performance and complexity of the many ground stations that would be required and by the local facilities for distributing those signals to the ultimate user. The Cable Television industry is well suited to provide this latter requirement and to provide the motivation for a favorable solution of the first requirement. The question of two-way transmission, via satellite at these multiple "head-end" locations, becomes a matter of great interest as a long-term consideration. The World Administrative Radio Conference now scheduled to convene in June 1971 in Geneva, Switzerland, may greatly influence this long-term consideration.