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MPEG - the standards experts behind the DVD industry - celebrate 100th meeting

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MPEG meetingThe Emmy Award-winning Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), developer of audio and video digital compression standards such as MP3, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 that have helped launch the multi-million dollar MP3, set top box, DVD and mobile communication industries and are used by millions of people worldwide on a daily basis, holds its 100th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on 30 April-4 May 2012.

On 2 May, the group is holding the “MPEG 100 Event” to celebrate close to a quarter of century of intense activity that has seen thousands of digital media experts from tens of countries and hundreds of companies working collaboratively to advance the frontiers of technology.

Rob Steele, ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele, ISO Secretary-General

The event is attended by top officials of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), who cooperate within the joint technical committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, under which MPEG operates as subcommittee SC 29, Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information, working group WG 11, Coding of moving pictures and audio.

The celebration is also attended by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with which MPEG has developed two video compression standards and is currently developing the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione, Chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29

Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione, Chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29, comments: "Digital media have brought users a revolution in the way media are created, distributed and consumed with profound ramifications in industry, society and individuals. Digital media are now an integral part of the life of billions of people  – making it better, more interconnected and more social. The MPEG 100 event will be an important opportunity to confirm that international organizations maintain close cooperation in charting the future of digital media."

The MPEG Group has won three of the coveted Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards presented by the U.S. National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for outstanding achievement in engineering and technical development. The awards covered:

  • The MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) standard. The related ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group also received an Emmy Award for its role in the work on this standard
  • MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 – compression coding associated with video CD and MP3, digital TV set top boxes and DVD.

Launched in 1948, the Emmy Awards honour development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering. Award winners are determined by a panel of distinguished professionals in the television, broadcast and new media arena.