A Cable Television Satellite Earth Station (1973)

By Thomas Smith and Peter M. Pifer, SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA, INC

Today the cable industry is searching for ways to obtain new subscribers and additional revenues from existing subscribers. Satellite communication is a technique available today by which every cable system can significantly increase programming in order to attract these new revenues. This additional programming can be obtained with relatively small capital outlay or additional operating cost. Satellite distribution eliminates the need of reaching all cable systems by terrestrial microwave and the expense of bicycling films or cassettes from system to system.

This paper describes a satellite receiving station designed specifically for CATV systems. This system fully demonstrates the availability and simplicity of interfacing satellite signals with a typical cable system.

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