Saltaire, West Yorkshire, 5 March 2007: Pace Micro Technology plc (PIC), the leading independent developer of digital TV technologies for the global payTV industry, and the Digital TV Group (DTG), the industry association for digital TV in the UK, have today announced a new industry award at the DTG's Annual General Meeting.
The Pace Micro Technology Award for the Best Contribution to Digital TV will recognise the product or service that has the potential to make the biggest impact on the digital TV landscape in the UK.
The Award will focus on the innovation and technology vision that has gone into the development of the product/service and its resulting impact on the UK digital TV industry.
It is not just the scale of the impact that will be judged, but rather the vision and foresight that was evident in the development of the product/service and its potential for impact in the future.
Neil Gaydon, Chief Executive Officer at Pace Micro Technology commented: "Innovation has been at the heart of our organisation since our inception 25 years ago. Now, in our silver jubilee year, we want to recognise and celebrate the efforts that are going into making the UK one of the most advanced countries in the world for digital television."
Richard Lindsay Davies, Director General of the DTG added: "The UK is one of the leading digital TV markets in Europe. We are leading the way in new technologies and penetration of services. This Award will help to recognise and highlight some of the excellent work that is happening in our sector.
"As a founding member of the DTG and a company that was at the very start of digital TV, Pace has been at the forefront of this industry and we are very pleased to be joining with Pace in this venture."
Deadline for entries is 31 July 2007. A shortlist of nominees will be announced in August, prior to IBC2007, and all the winners will be announced at IBC2007 in Amsterdam.
The panel of judges will consist of the DTG Board.
Nomination forms can be requested from Julia.Ruane@pacemicro.com.
About Pace Micro Technology
Pace Micro Technology plc (pic.l) is a leading technology developer for the global payTV industry. Pace's main focus is on creating intelligent and innovative products and services that benefit our customers and fuel the development of digital TV.
Over the last 25 years, Pace has developed one of the world's most experienced specialist engineering teams and is now the partner of choice for leading payTV operators across the globe, including Comcast, BSkyB, FOXTEL, Premiere, Sky Italia and UPC (part of Liberty Global).
Pace's international headquarters are in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK, with further offices in the USA, France, India and Hong Kong.
About the Digital TV Group
The Digital TV Group (DTG) is independent, platform neutral and technology agnostic. It operates with a unique, yet powerful and effective, not-for-profit business model which efficiently harnesses the collective energy of member companies. Funding is provided through a membership of over 100 organisations which enables a core team of professionals to facilitate industry work streams and deliver world-leading digital television media products and services in the UK.
Formed in the mid 90s to facilitate the introduction of digital terrestrial TV in the UK (it wrote, maintains and publishes the specification) the group is the fulcrum of UK digital TV and has ensured the delivery of a rich consumer experience, a vibrant and stable market, and positioned the UK as a world leader in evolution of this, the most important and powerful of all, media. The group is presently focused on switchover and the rich media services and products it will help enable. Emerging consumer devices and experiences include high definition TV (HD), Mobile TV, video-on-demand (VOD), broadband TV (IPTV) and TVAnytime.