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Pace powers Comcast’s Xfinity Spectrum

December 22, 2010

UK’s Pace has developed a four-tuner HD digital video recorder that Comcast is using to test Xfinity Spectrum, a service that blends TV programming with Internet content including e-mail and YouTube video clips, according to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

“Comcast’s Xfinity Spectrum brings you the best of TV and the Internet,” according to the operator’s user guide for the service. “You can watch TV programmes, Internet content such as social networking from Facebook and Twitter (which we call ‘Social TV’) and Internet-based entertainment such as YouTube videos — all on your TV.”

The Pace RNG 210N boxes are currently being tested in a few dozen homes in Comcast’s 100 per cent digital system in Augusta. The Pace DVR is capable of recording 60 hours of HD programming, or up to 300 hours of standard-definition programming, according to documents posted on the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology equipment authorisation site.

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