Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 490.1: This Week in TV History is now available for listening on demand

1st Satellite TV Broadcast
Original Airdates: Apr. 24-26, 2020
From April 2012: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the first coast-to-coast telecast by satellite communications, which took place on Apr. 24, 1962. This technological advance changed the face of television.

Captain Satellite Hijacks HBO’s Signal
Original Airdates: Apr. 24-26, 2020
From April 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed remember the Captain Midnight incident of Apr. 27, 1986, when a video pirate known only as Captain Midnight managed to override the satellite transmission of the HBO broadcast of The Falcon and the Snowman. The culprit hijacked the feed to protest HBO’s subscription fees.

Live from New York: It’s the Empire State Building
Original Airdates: Apr. 24-26, 2020
From April 2011: Tony, Donna, and Ed go back to Apr. 19, 1938, when NBC launched experimental television broadcasts from the Empire State Building.

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