MPEG compression is widely used today. A common line bit rate for MPEG is 1.544 Mbps. Allowing 1 bit per hertz of bandwidth, BPSK modulation, and a cosine roll-off of 1.4, the 1.544-Mbps TV signal can be effectively transported in a 2-MHz bandwidth. Certainly 1000-MHz coaxial cable systems are within the state of the art. With simple division we can see that 500-channel CATV systems are technically viable. If the modulation scheme utilizes 16-QAM (4 bits/Hz theoretical), three 1.544-Mbps compressed channels can be accommodated in a 6-MHz slot. We select 6 MHz because it is the current RF bandwidth assigned for one NTSC TV channel.
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