Q 1.11 How can a satellite be used to broadcast an event to public?

Satellites are used widely to broadcast special events such as Olympics, cricket and football matches, car or maritime rally, war footage, natural disasters, etc.

For one-off footage from remote locations, portable satellite equipment is in wide use. For events of longer durations such as Olympics, the arrangements are more elaborate using a variety of equipment ranging from dedicated mobile units to improvised very small aperture terminals and satellite capacity available at the site.

The selection of equipment and space segment depends very much on the entity responsible for the broadcast. It could be a government sponsored unit or a private venture. Each would have a preference of selection of the space segment.