MPEG 2 for HD

Does anyone have any experience with mpeg2 HD for news playout? I've always thought HD video would be mpeg4 not mpeg2. Our chief engineer is considering a playout server that uses the mpeg 2 codec.


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If you're shooting XDCAM HD (50mbps), it makes sense to keep the MPEG-2 format from acquisition through playback... then onto whatever is used for transmission.

But if you're talking about a low-bitrate ASI link for satellite or microwave, then yes, MPEG-4 (Part 10 video spec anyway) is noticeably better at same bitrate.