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Pace to Launch World's First DVB Cable PDR for payTV

21 February 2005

FOXTEL Selects Pace to Launch Australia's First Cable & Satellite PDR

Saltaire, West Yorkshire, 21 February 2005: Pace Micro Technology (pic.l) has commenced deliveries of the world's first cable-based DVB personal digital recorder (PDR), as part of a new contract with FOXTEL, Australia's leading subscription television provider. The broadcaster, which revealed details of its revolutionary PDR service today, will offer its subscribers Pace's ground-breaking cable and satellite PDR set-top boxes as part of its FOXTEL Digital service.

Pace's TDS460NF and TDC460NF for FOXTEL will use a 160 gbyte hard drive to record digital quality television programming.  Integrated twin tuners allow one programme to be recorded while watching another, or two programmes to be recorded at the same time while watching a previously recorded program. Additional features include; pause live TV, instant replay and review, fast forward, rewind, radio recording, time-shift and automatic recording of multiple episodes of selected series.

John Dyson, Pace's chief executive officer commented: "FOXTEL's PDR service will transform how Australian viewers watch TV. Using Pace's PDR technology, FOXTEL customers will have more power than ever before to choose what they want to watch, when and how they want to watch it.

"The Personal Digital Recorder will complement our core FOXTEL Digital service and form a key part of FOXTEL's service development strategy," explained FOXTEL Chief Executive Kim Williams. "We are delighted that our customers will be using Pace's set-top box technology, including the world's first subscription TV cable DVB PDR to access our PDR services for the first time. 

"FOXTEL's selection of Pace's set-top boxes for our initial digital TV launch and subsequent PDR roll-out, is testament to Pace's technological excellence and to the strength of FOXTEL's relationship with Pace."

PDR is one of the most advanced, revenue-creating technologies currently available to digital TV broadcasters. Pace's John Dyson explained. "Our experience of delivering Sky+, the first payTV PDR for BSkyB in the UK, demonstrates that PDR drives new, revenue-generating subscriptions, reduces churn, encourages viewers to watch more TV of their choosing and makes a broadcaster's service a 'must have'. Broadcasters simply cannot afford to ignore it.

"FOXTEL's PDR launch is also of key significance for Australia and Asia Pacific as it heralds the start of an explosion in PDR developments for this region. Industry analysts Strategy Analytics* estimate that by 2008 over 1.9 million PVR boxes will be distributed throughout Asia Pacific.


Notes to Editors
*Source: Strategy Analytics, Integrated DVRs Report: Global Market Forecast, March 2004.

About FOXTEL
FOXTEL is Australia's leading subscription television provider and is connected to more than 1.16 million homes on cable and satellite through retail and wholesale distribution. FOXTEL is owned by Telstra Corporation Ltd (50%), The News Corporation Ltd (25%), and Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd (25%).  FOXTEL launched its new digital cable and satellite service in March 2004. For further information about FOXTEL visit www.foxtel.tv.

Foxtel PR Contacts:
Mark Furness
Tel + 612 9200 1733

About Pace Micro Technology
Pace Micro Technology plc (LSE: PIC) is a leader in digital television technology.  The Company's primary focus is the development of innovative set-top box solutions for operators, broadcasters, telecommunications companies and retail markets worldwide.
 
Pace's head office is in Shipley West Yorkshire, with further offices in the USA, Hong Kong, Germany and France. 

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