Pace chosen by Viasat to launch HD PVR in the Nordic Countries

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 
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SALTAIRE, UK — Pace Micro Technology plc (LSE:PIC), the leading independent developer of digital TV technologies for the global pay-TV industry has been selected by Modern Times Group (MTG)’s Viasat Broadcasting, the leading digital satellite payTV broadcaster in Scandinavia and the Baltic states, to be the launch partner for its high definition PVR service.

Viasat will be deploying the Pace TDS850NV high definition personal video recorder (HD PVR) to households across the Nordic countries. The TDS850NV is a twin tuner HD PVR, which combines H.264 compression with DVB-S2 demodulation and comes with NDS middleware and content security. Its distinctive look and feel has been created by the Pace Industrial Design team to reflect today’s trends in consumer electronics equipment and home interiors – giving Viasat’s customers an all-round high quality experience.

Neil Gaydon, Chief Executive Officer of Pace Micro Technology commented:

“The TDS850NV builds on our experience in delivering cutting-edge HD and PVR technology to customers across the world and broadens the product range that we supply to Viasat, which includes the standard definition Pace DS-250NV satellite set-top box and the Pace TDS460NV standard definition PVR.”

Bartek Gudowski, Chief Executive Officer, Viasat Satellite Services added:

“Launching HD in the Nordic countries is an important part of our strategy as the premium payTV operator in this region. It was important that we chose a supplier we could rely on to deliver the product on time and to the required quality. With Pace’s proven developments in HD deployments, as well as their long relationship with Viasat as a trusted and key supplier they were the natural choice.”

Neil Gaydon continued: “Viasat is the third European operator to choose Pace’s HD PVR technology. Our early investment in HD technology, with the launch of the first H.264 DVB-S2 set-top box nearly two years ago has put us in the lead position for the HD PVR worldwide, and we now have deployments across three continents – in North America, Africa and Europe, making us the leading supplier of HD PVRs worldwide.”

Viasat Broadcasting is currently launching its high definition service.