Experience the best in digital TV with Pace @ IBC

Friday, September 12th, 2008
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Stand 1.B21, IBC2008, Amsterdam — Pace plc (LSE:PIC) will be demonstrating its industry-leading range of products at IBC 2008 (stand 1.B21).

Pace is the partner of choice for many of the world’s leading payTV operators. It is Pace’s global reach, combined with focused in-country customer support that makes Pace the leading independent developer of digital TV technologies.

At IBC, operators will be able to see the full range of Pace’s digital TV technologies – from proven standard definition products and the latest in high definition technology and personal video recorders (HD PVRs) through to innovative home networking solutions.

Pace is a pioneering company at the forefront of new technologies. At IBC, Pace will be demonstrating how it is bringing the worlds of broadcast and broadband closer together as we move towards convergence in home entertainment technologies. Pace will be demonstrating how it is taking the lead in developing low environmental impact solutions to reduce the industry’s impact on the environment from the increasing deployment of digital TV products.

The leader in high-definition

Pace is the world-leader in high definition set-top boxes, with the widest range of HD deployments across the world – across America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Pace will be showing a range of its next generation high definition products at IBC, including HD PVRs for Foxtel, MultiChoice Africa, Canal+, Cyfra+ and UPC.

Setting the MPEG-4 standard

Pace was the first company to deploy an MPEG-4 HD set-top box. At IBC, Pace will demonstrate the use of this compression technology for the delivery of standard definition (SD) content with its latest MPEG-4 SD personal video recorders – the TDS480 range. Sky Italia has recently chosen Pace’s MPEG-4 SD PVR – the TDS480NS – for its continued PVR roll out across Italy.

Whole home entertainment

Looking ahead to the next three to five years, Pace will be demonstrating how the PVR will form the centre of a whole home entertainment solution with its latest multiroom developments. Key to the distribution of content around the home is Pace’s work with the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). Pace has developed beyond the current DLNA standard to enable a live video stream to be delivered around the home to third-party DLNA compliant devices, such as the Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox360.

Pace will also be demonstrating its progress in making wireless distribution of video content around the home a viable service offering for operators with its Pace Connection Suite software. The Pace Connection Suite software intuitively manages the wireless content stream as available bandwidth fluctuates to ensure a seamless experience for the end user.


As the number of devices multiplies in people’s homes – games consoles, set-top boxes, DVD recorders, PCs etc – the industry needs to consider, and act on, its environmental footprint. From the power consumed both during usage and standby through to the manufacturing process, packaging and, finally, end-of-life of a product, the industry has a responsibility to tackle its impact on the environment. At IBC, Pace will be outlining how it is taking the lead in making this happen.

Calling all Telcos

Building on its long history in the IPTV space, Pace will be demonstrating its latest development for telco operators, and its latest deployments in this space, including the BT Vision V-Box, which incorporates Microsoft Mediaroom software.