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Direct Broadcast Satellite Communications: An MPEG Enabled Service by Donald C. Mead

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Part Three. MPEG International Standards

7 MPEG 2 Systems
8 MPEG 2 Video Compression
9 MPEG 1 Audio Compression

Foreword

The second work item of the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), popularly known as MPEG 2, was developed to deal with full-resolution pictures and multichannel audio. The Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) was certainly one of the major target applications.

In July 1990 at the MPEG meeting in Porto, Portugal, we began the effort to develop the MPEG 2 standard. It was at this meeting that I first met Don Mead, who was representing Hughes Electronics. Hughes had begun a program called Sky Cable (later named DIRECTV) and had issued a request for information (RFI) to the industry to provide information about the DBS requirements. ...

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