XStreamHD has boosted its executive team ahead of a national launch with the appointment of Jude Panetta as vice president of operations and Jack Wrigley as vice president of business development.

The direct-to-home Full HD transport network company is to launch later this year, offering 1080p images and 7.1 surround sound through a USD $400 box.

George Gonzalez, XStreamHD founder and CEO, said the new appointments will play important roles in its launch.

He said their past experiences in the satellite communications and the HD music industries would be invaluable.

"Jude will lead our efforts to commercialize products that consistently exceed customer expectation," he said. "Jack will be instrumental in building strategic business alliances for XStreamHD."

George Gonzalez, XStreamHD founder and CEO

Prior to joining XStreamHD, Panetta held senior executive roles at business units with communications systems manufacturer Andrew Corporation.

Before joining XStreamHD, Wrigley served as VP of sales at HDGiants.

MusicGiants, a unit of HDGiants, was the first digital download service to offer high definition music direct-to-consumers from all of the major music labels including Sony Music Group, Universal Music Group, EMI, Concord Music Group and Naxos.

Wrigley drove substantial sales volume increases, while successfully introducing new product offerings.

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