H.262[2] or MPEG-2 Part 2 (formally known as ITU-T Recommendation H.262 and ISO/IEC 13818-2,[3] also known as MPEG-2 Video) is a video coding format standardised and jointly maintained by ITU-T Study Group 16 Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) and ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), and developed with the involvement of many companies. It is the second part of the ISO/IEC MPEG-2 standard. The ITU-T Recommendation H.262 and ISO/IEC 13818-2 documents are identical.

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H.262 / MPEG-2 Part 2
Information technology – Generic coding of moving pictures and associated audio information: Video
StatusIn force
Year started1995
First publishedMay 1996 (1996-05)
Latest versionISO/IEC 13818-2:2013
October 2013 (2013-10)
OrganizationITU-T, ISO/IEC JTC 1
CommitteeITU-T Study Group 16 VCEG, MPEG
Base standardsH.261, MPEG-1
Related standardsH.222.0, H.263, H.264, H.265
DomainVideo compression
LicenseExpired patents[1]

The standard is available for a fee from the ITU-T[2] and ISO. MPEG-2 Video is very similar to MPEG-1, but also provides support for interlaced video (an encoding technique used in analog NTSC, PAL and SECAM television systems). MPEG-2 video is not optimized for low bit-rates (e.g., less than 1 Mbit/s), but somewhat outperforms MPEG-1 at higher bit rates (e.g., 3 Mbit/s and above), although not by a large margin unless the video is interlaced. All standards-conforming MPEG-2 Video decoders are also fully capable of playing back MPEG-1 Video streams.[4]