ON-TV Star Wars Pay-Per-View special event promo (September 25th 1982)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo8WK8N7EmM - from the IntermissionSociety YouTube channel (50 sec long).
“From September 1982. Promo for the “one time only” special event pay-per-view broadcast of the original Star Wars on pay TV subscription service.”
Originally posted in the The Original Trilogy on Betamax thread by screams in the void.
ON-TV Star Wars Up Next & Star Trek II Premiere promos (1983)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jtuh8Sz9JY - from the IntermissionSociety YouTube channel (1:09 mins long).
“Pair of promos for Star Wars and the future broadcast premiere of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan on Pay TV subscription service.”
screams in the void said (from the Betamax thread):
" VCRs did existed as far back as 1975 - and many people did ‘record’ the showings of Star Wars on TV onto a blank tape when the film was eventually aired on tv back in 1982 in the US (via PPV; something which only half a million people could access at the time)."
I was one of the lucky ones who got to see it on ppv ( pay per view ). My folks had a subscription to the on-tv ppv service out of Chicago. The box was in their bedroom, so I could only watch it in there, though my older brothers and I could see the scrambled signal on the downstairs TV, which we got great amusement from watching late at night 😃 Sadly we did not have a VCR at that time, as they were indeed very expensive. Here is an ad for the ON-TV Star Wars premiere that someone recorded back in the day and uploaded to YouTube, also featuring The Wrath Of Khan premiere, which is how I first saw that movie. The video says 1983, but it was in fact 1982 when Star Wars premiered on ON-TV
more info about the ON-TV service…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ON_TV_(TV_network)