SKY Italia selects Pace for HD

May 24, 2006

SKY Italia selects Pace for high definition launch

Pace press release, 22nd May 2006 

Pace Micro Technology plc, the leading dedicated innovator of technology solutions for the payTV industry, has been selected by SKY Italia as a launch partner for its high definition (HD) TV service. 

Pace is supplying its next generation HD set-top box to SKY Italia – the DS815NS – part of the Pace HD family of products.  The DS815 incorporates DVB-S2 technology – giving up to a 30% improvement in performance – and H.264 compression decoding to optimise bandwidth utilisation.  It also comes with HDMI connectivity, with HDCP, to ensure secure transferral of data to HD-Ready displays.

SKY Italia`s HD service launched on 17 May with live coverage of the European Champions League Cup Final. In June, SKY Italia will provide full coverage in HD of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Mark Williams, SKY Italia COO commented: "High definition is the ultimate way to enjoy television.  We are very excited about our launch, especially with the FIFA World Cup only weeks away.  Pace was a natural choice as an HD partner as we launched our initial digital service together and also recently our PVR service at the beginning of the year."
Neil Gaydon, Chief Executive Officer added: "SKY Italia is among the first major payTV operators in Europe to start deploying HDTV – as Premiere is doing in Germany – and Pace has been the launch partner for both.

"It is our experience in delivering HDTV to the States over the last four years that has given us this lead in the development of the HD technologies for Europe.  We are pleased that we can continue to build on this success with our key customers across Europe."


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