The song has been performed twice on television. One of them was on Tony Wilson's show and the other was on BBC, on which Ian Curtis plays the guitar. Twenty seconds of the song is shown in the movie Control (2007), directed by Anton Corbijn, a film based on the biography of Ian's wife Debbie Curtis's Touching from a Distance. Greil Marcus has a fascinating chapter on this song in his book The History of Rock 'n' Roll In Ten Songs. According to Marcus, "'Transmission' is not an argument. It's a dramatization of the realization that the act of listening to the radio is a suicidal gesture. It will kill your mind. It will rob your soul." Marcus also quotes the band's bassist Peter Hook about the importance of this song: "We were doing a soundcheck at the Mayflower, in May, and we played 'Transmission': people had been moving around, and they all stopped to listen. I realized that was our first great song."