Talk:Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite

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How many people where attending this concert? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.189.125.130 (talk) 08:02, 22 October 2007 (UTC)


"For both shows, Presley was dressed in a white "American Eagle" jumpsuit designed by Bill Belew."

No, "Aloha Bald-Headed Eagle" suit was designed by Gene Doucette. 62.65.224.87 19:13, 9 February 2007 (UTC)


"...broadcast live via satellite around the world on January 14, 1973."

I'd like to get more information on that. The Show wasn't "live around the world". It was live mainly in asia, US Citizens as well as Europeans did see a tape a couple of days later, but I don't know details, I hoped to find here.

Elvis was not the first to use satellite transmission for a concert

The Beatles did it 6 years earlier

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_you_need_is_love —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 24.44.142.36 (talk) 01:01, August 20, 2007 (UTC)

That was NOT a "concert" that was a peformance of one song! 66.67.229.26 (talk) 16:51, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

I'd like to know if there were ever any official viewing figures released to support the colonels marketing claims, 1 billion across only 40 countries would be a feat even by todays standard Seaneyt (talk) 04:58, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

The 1.5 billion people figure cited on this page is pretty much definitely false. Take a look at http://www.elvis-history-blog.com/elvis-aloha-special.html 24.18.97.156 (talk) 09:31, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

I've altered the introduction to reflect this, and have added a new section that discusses the viewing figures. ElvisFan1981 (talk) 13:23, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

86.42.104.181 (talk) 12:33, 25 January 2013 (UTC)The 1 billion figure touted for this is way off the mark, even more ridiculous a figure when we are going way back in the early 70's ...With a worldwide population of approx 3 and a half billion.86.42.104.181 (talk) 12:33, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

Unsourced viewing figures?[edit]

Please remove someone's opnion that that aloha elvis was not seen by 1.5 billion people . The author brings no facts just assumptions . Thank you

198.228.200.153 (talk) 14:59, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

The sources are included at Aloha_from_Hawaii_Via_Satellite#Viewing_figures. - SummerPhD (talk) 15:39, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

this article is citing a persons opnion with no credible fact.[edit]

the article cites a persons opnion and there logic that aloha elvis was not seen by a billion people. i can easily post other peoples opnion that it was. numerous news articles even today state it was watched by a billion people. please remove the quoted bloggers opnion. please put pre news articles a billion people in total (not all at once watched aloha elvis.

thank you

68.199.0.23 (talk) 15:10, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

please remove the authors assumption[edit]

"If barely a third of the U.S. population tuned in, does it seem reasonable that an equal amount would have done so in places like South Vietnam, where TV broadcasting only began in 1965

this is opnion not fact. one could easily argue that third world countries would tune in more to see american entertainment which is more credible because viewing figures show 90 percent in the phillapenes tuned in.

please remove opnion. thank you

68.199.0.23 (talk) 15:14, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

The article clearly states that some people question these claims and then goes on to give an example of someone questioning it and their reasons for questioning it. There is nothing at all wrong with that statement. The lead of the article states that viewing figures have been estimated at 1 billion, and also states that this figure is debated. Again, nothing wrong with that statement. The article is neutral and is written as such. As an avid Elvis fan I have read more than my fair share of biographies/Elvis encyclopedias, and I think it's fair to say that most of them use the 1 billion figure only because they are copying it from a previous source. This doesn't make it wrong, it just makes it lazy writing.
Alan Hanson, who questions the figures and is used in the article as a source for these questions, has clearly done a lot of research regarding the matter and it's a reasonable inclusion. To be completely fair to his argument that Colonel Parker just added up the total populations to reach a figure of over 1 billion, it's not impossible to believe. Parker very often exaggerated things to make his client look better, and no one knew how to do it better than him. I'm not even 100% convinced that a total of 1 billion people have seen it overall since 1973, nevermind the idea that that many watched in 1973 alone. Did 1 billion people watch it live? I doubt it, but we'll never know. It sounds good, but it doesn't sound realistic. ElvisFan1981 (talk) 17:57, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Two sides to this coin. Yes, the blog writer's opinion -- no matter how sound you may feel his methodology may be -- is "opinion not fact". The other side is that the 1 billion figure is also opinion, not fact (the opinion of someone promoting a product is often worthless).

Yes, it's a blog. I, for one, am not prepared to ignore our general prohibition on such sources. The other side of that coin is that, IMO, the "1 billion" figure is a steaming pile of crap. With that in mind, I figured a reliable source wouldn't be hard to find. Bingo. Yes, they cite the blog. However, they are a reliable source (USA Today) and also cite Guinness Book of World Records. The best they can say is that the figure "now seems dubious". With a bit more digging, I'm willing to bet we can find reliable sources that outright call it an exaggeration/lie. - SummerPhD (talk) 01:24, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

1) i have posted prior that gwr states elvis sold a billion records and was denied because gwr was in the business oh hype. now because the gwr states a superbowl show (that madonna had higher ratings )for its gospel. i am sure we can all agree that aloha elvis was at least seen by over 300 million.

please put a credible estimate

thank you 76.222.86.76 (talk) 19:10, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

I don't know who said what to you about Guinness somewhere else. I'm discussing this article. The source I am proposing is USA Today. They state the claim "now seems dubious". - SummerPhD (talk) 02:55, 24 May 2013 (UTC)