Pace wins Foxtel PVR contract

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Set-top box maker Pace has won an order to supply personal video recorders (PVRs) to Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel. Foxtel will offer its cable and satellite subscribers the PVR as part of their Foxtel Digital service. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

Pace is supplying its TDS 460NF and TDC 460NF devices, featuring a 160 Gigabyte hard drive to record television programming. Integrated twin tuners allow one programme to be recorded while watching another, or two programmes to be recorded at the same time while watching a previously recorded programmme.

Additional features include: pause live TV, instant replay and review, fast forward, rewind, radio recording, time-shift and automatic recording of multiple episodes of selected series.

Pace CEO John Dyson said Foxtel's PVR service would "transform how Australian viewers watch TV".

Foxtel chief executive Kim Williams said: "The Personal Digital Recorder (PDR) will complement our core Foxtel Digital service and form a key part of Foxtel's service development strategy.

"We are delighted that our customers will be using Pace's set-top box technology, including the

world's first subscription TV cable DVB PDR to access our PDR services for the first time."

Dyson said broadcasters "simply cannot afford to ignore" opportunities presented by PVR. Pace, which supplies BSkyB in the UK with its PVR boxes for Sky Plus, had demonstrated that the new technology was capable of driving "new, revenue-generating subscriptions" as well as reducing churn, and encouraging viewers "to watch more TV of their choosing".

Foxtel—owned by Australian telco Telstra (50%), News Corporation (25%), and Publishing and Broadcasting (25%)—is Australia's leading pay-TV service with more than 1.16m cable and satellite subscribers.

Lovelacemedia  |  22.02.2005

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