Pace provides set-top box for Comcast's next-generation TV experience

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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New Pace hybrid DVR set-top box brings personalized content and services to Comcast cable subscribers

Pace plc (LSE: PIC), the leading developer of digital TV technologies for the pay TV industry, is working with Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), one of the world’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services, to launch a new hybrid DVR set-top box with tru2way and IP capabilities that delivers an advanced personalized TV viewing experience.

Comcast is using the Pace set-top box platform in a market trial of its next-generation Xfinity TV service in Augusta, GA. This service allows customers to search and select from tens of thousands of TV shows and movies that reflect their unique interests, offering a personalized, useful and fun TV viewing experience.

Mike Pulli, President, Pace Americas, said: “Comcast has a track record of delivering the unexpected and taking TV services to a whole new level. We are very proud that Comcast has chosen to partner with Pace on this extraordinary project.”

Sam Schwartz, President, Comcast Converged Products, said: “We’re excited to have partnered with Pace to develop the industry’s first hybrid Tru2Way/IP box. This hybrid set top enables Comcast customers to enjoy an exciting new cloud-based TV experience with all the great live, On Demand and DVR content that Xfinity TV already offers.”

The Pace set-top box features an architecture that leverages Comcast’s hybrid fiber coax network and DOCSIS® 3.0 to deliver the new guide and user experience. The new device also includes DVR capabilities with a high capacity hard drive.

Demos of the next generation Xfinity TV experience will be available in the Pace plc booth (Booth # 649) and the Comcast Cable booth (Booth #1201) at The Cable Show 2011 at McCormick Place in Chicago on June 16th.