Monday, 14 January 2013

On this Day: 14th January 1973 Elvis Presley's concert Aloha from Hawaii sets the record as the most watched broadcast in television history

Aloha from Hawaii was a music concert that was headlined by Elvis Presley, and was broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. The concert took place at the Honolulu International Center (HIC) in Honolulu (now known as the Neal S. Blaisdell Center) and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe (who received the telecast the next day, also in primetime). Despite the satellite innovation, the United States did not air the concert until April 4, 1973 (the concert took place the same day as Super Bowl VII). Viewing figures have been estimated at over 1 billion viewers world wide. The show was the most expensive entertainment special at the time, costing $2.5 million.

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