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HomeChoice launches first channel to use MPEG-4 encoding
Wednesday 20 April 2005 13:34:00 by Andrew Ferguson

HomeChoice has announced that the children's animation channel Toonami is to be added to its platform. This is not massive news in itself, the interesting part is that MPEG-4/AVC encoding will be used for this channel. The other live broadcast channels on the HomeChoice packages are expected to migrate onto MPEG-4 in the next couple of months. More details on

Currently HomeChoice use a fairly standard MPEG-2 encoding for its channels, MPEG-4 offers the same quality transmission for a lower bitrate, or higher quality transmission for the same bitrate.

The MPEG-4 standard is gaining ground, particularly due to the high bit-rates needed for HDTV (High Definition TV). DirecTV in the US are planning to use MPEG-4 for its new HDTV services (see here).


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