Hybrid relations

Pace has signed a contract with BT for its next-generation V-box, a transaction that follows on from BT’s previous agreement with the set-top box division of Royal Philips Electronics, which was recently acquired by Pace.

Pace will supply advanced second-generation hybrid personal video recorders (PVRs) for the BT Vision IPTV service. The HD-capable V-Box PVR will provide access for up to 40 Freeview TV channels and 30 radio channels; give users the ability to record an average of 80 hours of content; give on-demand access to an extensive library of film, TV shows, music videos and sport; plus a range of interactive applications.

The V-box uses Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV middleware and Nagravision. The latest version also features new design, improved energy efficiency and a more powerful processor to power more advanced interactive applications.

Pace chief executive officer Neil Gaydon said: ‘The hybrid model of providing the latest interactive services, alongside digital terrestrial programming, is a very compelling one.’

He added: ‘We are expected to be working with BT to bring this advanced product to market.’

Deliveries are expected to commence in 2009.