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