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Pace helps operators migrate to IP

UK-based set-top developer Pace has launched a range of new HD set-top boxes designed to integrate with the home network.

The devices can be used as standalone HD set-top boxes or as IP clients within a home network. Pace said this enables operators to supply a single set-top box now, but with the option to incorporate it into a wider home network as they develop their services.

Darren Fawcett, Pace’s chief technical engineer, said: “Pay TV companies across the globe want to provide entry level set-top boxes at one end, but also cater for the consumer who wants to light up all screens with a great pay TV experience. The challenge for operators is how to achieve the right economics and a consistent quality of experience, while ensuring their systems are simple to install and operate.”

The new set-top boxes are WiFi, Powerline and coaxial network ready, and receive content via IP and traditional broadcast. The devices are available in various designs, according to customer requirements.  Options include an 802.11n wireless HD IP client, a Powerline home networking HD IP client and an Ethernet/MOCA HD IP client.

Pace will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 1.B19