RA (RealAudio) is an audio format released in 1995 by RealNetworks. It uses multiple audio codecs, including high-fidelity music formats and low-bitrate formats. Since its introduction, the RA format has been mainly used by radio stations to stream audio online. Also, up until 2009, the BBC has been using it to stream sounds online.
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MPEG-2 is a digital video coding format introduced in 1995 and later revised in 2013. It uses lossy video and audio data compressions and is very popular among video hardware, thanks to its low computational complexity. It is also widely used in cable and satellite broadcasting as well as writing DVDs.
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