PayTV operator Sky has selected Pace’s HD technology for its set-top box deployments in Germany and Austria, which will begin rolling out in August.

Pace has been a set-top box technology partner of Sky, formerly Premiere, for a number of years.

The new DS830 STB gives Sky the full flexibility to roll-out HD services with support for both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4.

Richard Slee, president of Pace, said the DS830 is a classic example of Pace’s ability to design best in class set-top boxes.

"As it is rolled out, this box is set to become an important part of Sky’s payTV offering and will be the launch-pad for a universe of HD content," he said.

"We look forward to the success of this product in the market and to the positive effects that its introduction will have on payTV market across German-speaking Europe."

At the front-end, the fully DVB compliant DS830NP includes one DVB-S2 tuner and one demodulator.

It incorporates NDS conditional access and Fusion middleware and has an external power supply unit to reduce box size.

It also meets the criteria outlined in Pace’s own low environmental impact (LEI) initiative.

Pace recently won the contract to provide an HD-capable set-top box to Latin America’s largest multi-service cable provider – Brazil’s cable operator NET Serviços de Comunicação.

And in a separate announcement earlier this week, Pace revealed its interim results for the half year ended 30 June 2009, which showed revenue for the period increased to GBP £526.5m, up from £231.1m in the same period last year.

Demand for Pace’s products drove strong volume growth to 8.5m units, compared to 2.8m units for the same period last year.

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