Hdtv: Europe May Already Be An Also RanJonathan B. Levine
The crafty scheme was supposed to be a stunning show of what a little coordination-and $1.2 billion in European Community research funds-could achieve. To head off threatened Japanese domination of high-definition TV, Europe's consumer electronics kingpins Thomson and Philips Electronics whipped up a rival system, dubbed MAC, for transmitting razor-sharp HDTV pictures via satellites. The EC quickly declared MAC as its standard, and Europe was all set to hold its own against the Japanese. That was five years ago.
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