Let the games beginLarge numbers of people want to follow events. Preferably live.

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Watching in person from far away means transmitting programmes via satellite

The Olympics. World Cup Football. Eurovision. William and Kate: TV satellites give everyone a VIP seat. Broadcasting from space means that audiences are counted in the billions. In the giant stadium of our home planet, everyone sits in the front row. And it's not only sports or entertainment. News and breaking events flash around the world, helping form opinion and animate responses. Think volcanic ash cloud or Indian Ocean tsunami. Satellites break down borders and connect all of us.

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