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This is a story of one man's dream. A dream of people improving their lives, changing the way they learn, work, and play. In Africa, in much of Asia, in Latin America you have very, very little information that people can access readily and easily. The need for Worldspace is really to address this dearth of information in much of the developing parts of the world - what we call the underserved regions of the world. Our whole intent is really to create an infrastructure that would make the delivery of information, the delivery of content, different types of programs, directly to people in as efficient way as possible. Worldspace will provide, for the first time, a radio infrastructure with the most immense broadcast footprint ever conceived. An educational and informative lifeline to the developing world. Well we broadcast directly, to the radio, from the satellite. From our particular vantage point we put down three beams on the earth to broadcast our programs. Hence you have Asiastar, Afristar, and Americastar. What we are able to do is give both local content providers and international content providers the ability to reach very large population segments, and by doing so, to enable them to target their programming to meet specific demographic tastes. To listen to my national radio production is something very important for me, becaude the British in Zimbabwe can listen to BBC, the French in Zimbabwe can listen to Radio France International. What about the Senegalese? The only way to do it should be to have the Senegalese production on Worldspace distribution in Africa. Our receiver is not that big. It has a small little antenna. It has a small, low powered, battery powered radio. And it brings this, this reception into the hand of the user, in a very portable, very personal type of radio. Satellites will achieve all kinds of applications in the future in broadcast. There's nothing that prevents you from transmitting dynamic or static images, or Internet data over our system. It's a digital direct delivery system. Digital quality sound by the Worldspace services will make a tremendous difference, not only in what will be received, but even the attitude of the receivers, and the quality is good. People will be encouraged. In one of the more fascinating aspects of this Worldspace possibility is now education will be available to you. Now information, finally, you will have the technological possibilities to receive these, and to be a part of all those that can access to information and to education. The thing that's probably excited our partners the most is the vision behind the business. Just like we have seen information making an incredible difference to the industrial sector, the educational sector, the manufacturing sector, and the business sector in general; in developed countries I think we'll see a tremendous change in the socio-economic levels of those countries. Those are the markets of the very near future. The dreamer is a man named Noah Samara. His company - Worldspace. You know, Montaigne, the French philosopher, said that "No wind blows for a ship without a port of destination." For Worldspace, we have a very clear port of destination. It is really to create universal access, to make each person, every human being, to have information available to them at the palm of their hands. To us, that and only that, is our singular goal.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 43 seconds
Year: 1999
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Yazmi, LLC
Director: Noah Samara
Views: 146
Posted by: mnovak on Nov 20, 2011

A four minute introduction to the original Worldspace satellite system.

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