Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK, 8th June 2009: Viasat, part of Modern Times Group AP, the largest free-and pay-TV operator in Scandinavia and the Baltic States, has chosen to work with its long-term set-top box partner, Pace plc, to launch its next generation high definition (HD) receiver. The DS830NV set-top box is a key product in Viasat’s HD expansion plans and supports MPEG-2 as well as H.264 content. The DS830NV gives Viasat the full flexibility to roll-out HD services to its growing subscriber base across multiple countries.
Roll-out of the new Pace set-top box will commence in Scandinavia from June 2009. The DS830NV set-top box incorporates NDS conditional access and MediaHighway middleware and comes with an ethernet port to enable the delivery of content over IP. The unit also has a multi-language user interface making it suitable for deployment in Viasat’s other emerging markets.
Bartek Gudowski, CEO of Viasat Satellite Services AB said: “Pace has helped us to deploy advanced set-top boxes, including our first ever HD-PVR, for over six years and remains our sole provider of PVRs to-date. This latest deployment is especially important in that it helps us to deliver full HD capabilities to a larger number of subscribers in more regions. Designed for a highly competitive market, this HD box will help us to grow our business due to the increased functionality it provides together with the growing proportion of HDTV subscribers.”
The set-top box has an external power supply unit to reduce box size and provides a high level of technical design in a compact and stylish package. Its distinctive look has been created by the Pace Industrial Design team to reflect today’s trends in consumer electronics equipment and home interiors to give Viasat’s customers an all-round high quality experience.
“Pace specialises in designing best in class set-top boxes and the DS830NV is a very competitively priced solution for the capabilities it provides”, said Andrew Ward, Vice President of Sales, Pace. “The box has been specifically designed to meet Viasat’s customer’s needs as HD becomes a standard expectation in the Scandinavian region. We’re looking forward to helping Viasat push out innovative services both now and in the future through additional roll-out of innovative set-top box technology.”
About Pace plc
Pace plc (LSE:PIC) is a leading technology developer for the global payTV industry, working across satellite, cable, IPTV and terrestrial platforms. Pace has one of the world's most experienced specialist engineering teams, developing intelligent and innovative products and services for both payTV operators and retail markets across the world.
Following the acquisition of the set-top box and connectivity solutions business of Royal Philips Electronics in April 2008, Pace employs over 900 people in locations around the world, including France, the USA, India and Hong Kong. Pace's international headquarters are in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK. For more information on Pace, please visit www.pace.com.
About Modern Times Group MTG AB
Modern Times Group is a leading international entertainment broadcasting group with the second largest geographical broadcast footprint in Europe. MTG's Viasat Broadcasting is the largest free-to-air and satellite premium pay-TV operator in Scandinavia and the Baltics, and also operates channels in the Czech Republic, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia and the Balkans. Viasat channels are broadcast in a total of 24 countries and reach 100 million people. MTG is also the biggest shareholder in Russia´s largest independent television network (CTC Media - NASDAQ: CTCM), and the number one commercial radio operator in the Nordic and Baltic regions.
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