Pace launches free-to-air HD receiver

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Set-top box maker Pace Micro has launched a high definition free-to-air satellite receiver, giving UK viewers the ability to watch the BBC's FIFA World Cup matches.

Pace said viewers wanting to enjoy free-to-air HD content would need a satellite dish pointed to Astra satellites at 19.2 degrees or 28.2 degrees (with BBC HD satellite programming only available on the latter feed), plus an HD-Ready television screen.

The DS810XE uses advanced H.264 HD hardware decoding, and DVB-S2, which Pace said improved bandwidth efficiency by up to 30%.

Meanwhile, Pace warned that further delays in US shipments would have "consequences for both the current and following financial year". In Europe, volume shipments had commenced of Pace's new cable set-top for UPC in The Netherlands. Pace had also started shipping high definition set-top boxes to Sky Italia, Pace's second European MPEG-4 high-definition rollout, following the first with Premiere in Germany earlier this year.

Lovelace Consulting  |  31.05.2006

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