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Thomson Consumer Electronics (parent company of RCA, Proscan, and GE) and DirecTV, Inc. (a subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc.) unveiled working prototypes of its new RCA DSS digital satellite system scheduled for introduction in April 1994.
This is a digital system, offering 400 to 500 lines of resolution and CD-quality audio. Compared to the 330 lines of resolution currently available on television, or the 260 lines of resolution on VHS tapes, this is a quantum step up.
The first of two satellites that will beam programming directly to consumers across North America was successfully launched in December 1993. DirecTV and USSB programming services of …