Pace, developer of digital TV technologies, has unveiled its next generation set-top box based on the DVB-T2 transmission standard. The Pace STB, expected to be one of the industry`s first to market for Freeview HD, will be available through retail distribution enabling UK viewers to take advantage of the HD experience made possible by the DVB-T2 standard as part of a nation-wide enhancement to the DTT platform.
By optimising bandwidth in the network, DVB-T2 allows broadcasters and service providers to bring HD content to the home terrestrially for the first time. Pace has worked closely with UK free-to-air digital TV service provider Freeview and UK broadcasters, including the BBC, to develop the new set-top box and to ensure that it complies fully with the DVB-T2 standard.
Set for market launch in the first half of 2010, Freeview hopes to achieve up to 50 per cent HD coverage across the UK by the time the World Cup begins in June next year, well ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.