During the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the world experienced its first satellite sports broadcast. Approximately 600-800 million people tuned in to watch the “TV Olympics.” Now, decades later, satellite broadcasting has left a lasting impression on society. Sports, live concerts, weather events, and even late-breaking news are all broadcast via satellite. Some are local, and broadcast to limited or regional audiences, but others can be broadcast around the world to global audiences.

Nowadays, it’s difficult to imagine a non-televised Olympic Games. In fact, events of all types, sizes, and shapes are broadcasted on live television. Much of it is a result of mobile satellite technology. With this technology growing in sophistication, scale, and usage, satellite technology has become invaluable to modern society.


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A network of choices

Mobile satellite technology ushered in a network of choices for millions of television users around the globe, but how has satellite changed? How is it utilized today?

  • News reporting. 
  • Weather tracking. Severe weather can be devastating to certain neighborhoods, cities and regions. Weather reports from these areas are a popular staple of many news networks, and one of the most common usages for mobile satellite technology today.
  • Political events. Political rallies, debates, and other events can happen just about anywhere. Thanks to mobile satellite technology, local and regional news outlets can bring their equipment wherever it’s needed. They can then begin broadcasting at a moment’s notice.
  • Sporting events. 
  • Concerts and festivals. Many concerts embrace mobile satellite technology. Some promoters host virtual concerts and others offer satellite viewing in addition to their traditional events. This technology gives fans more ways to experience the music they love.


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Widespread satellite coverage

It’s not uncommon for satellite television providers to receive inputs from multiple satellites. Some of the most popular service providers in the United States maintain fleets of 10 or more active satellites. Providers that use multiple fleets have dozens, if not hundreds, of mobile television satellites in Earth’s orbit at any given time.

Satellites offer TV viewers plenty of channels to choose from. With a modern setup, most subscribers have hundreds of channels at their fingertips. This includes standard and high-definition options in most cases.

As technology continues to improve, we’re bound to see even more satellites entering Earth’s orbit. These can be used for a variety of purposes, including internet service, oil and gas prospecting, national defense, and more. However, many of them will undoubtedly be earmarked for mobile satellite television.

To learn more about mobile satellite technology, including how it’s used, contact X2nSat today. X2nSat is a long-time provider of QuickSpot and wireless network solutions in the United States. We also offer satellite internet for businesses, business continuity/disaster recovery communications solutions, and more.

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Cara is the marketing coordinator at X2nSat. She's a social media maverick, a content genius, and an author in her spare time. Writing and marketing are her true passions.