17 Jul 2012
West Yorkshire set-top-box maker Pace is to supply the technology for a new TV service in New Zealand.
The firm, based in Saltaire, will provide boxes that allow viewers to watch digital television and video-on-demand via a broadband connection.
The TV service, IGLOO, is a tie-up between Sky New Zealand and TVNZ, New Zealand's national broadcaster.
Under the deal, Pace will supply its Elements software platform on a Pace DVB-T2 Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) hybrid IP set-top-box, offering consumers digital TV services, video-on-demand and an interface for navigating and selecting content.
The company will also provide systems integration and consulting services to support the new service platform's development and rollout to New Zealand's TV viewers.
IGLOO, which was trialled with a group of customers earlier this year, is described as a "fully integrated" broadcast and broadband TV solution.
Customers enjoy all terrestrial free-to-air channels for free and get access to a pre-paid premium channel pack, pay-per-view sporting events and a pay-for video-on-demand catalogue of more than 1,000 items.
Shane McCarthy, president of Pace International, said: "Having partnered with Sky New Zealand for many years with set-top box solutions, it is incredibly exciting that Pace has been selected to support IGLOO, especially given its potential to transform how New Zealanders consume home entertainment.
"The combination of our Elements software platform and our hybrid IP/DTT set-top-box hardware will ensure that consumers can find the content they want, when they want it, helping IGLOO meet the business goals behind its launch."
Chaz Savage, general manager of IGLOO, said: "We wanted to develop a flexible new service that catered to households who want access to the great content they associate with SKY and TVNZ, but without the commitment of a long-term contract.
"We came up with the idea for IGLOO, but knew it would need a technology platform that made it not only exciting to look at, but easy to use, good value and flexible for consumers. The Pace solution ticked all the boxes - a superb user experience thanks to the Elements software, delivered via a high-performance, reliable set-top-box."Submitted by: