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Pace to help build igloo in New Zealand

UK set-top maker Pace has won a key role in the new IGLOO television service being built in New Zealand by broadcasters Sky Network Television and Television New Zealand (TVNZ).

Pace is to provide its new Elements software platform on a Pace DVB-T2 Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) hybrid IP set-top box to offer consumers digital TV services, VOD and a dynamic user interface for navigating and selecting content.

Pace is also providing systems integration and consulting services to support the new service platform’s development and rollout to New Zealand’s TV viewers.

The service soft-launched to a group of customers at the end of June, and is expected to have a full commercial launch in August 2012.

In addition to all terrestrial free-to-air channels, the platform also offers access to a pre-paid premium channel pack, pay-per-view sporting events and a transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) catalogue of over 1,000 items.

Content protection specialist Irdeto was recently selected to provide its Cloaked conditional access solutions to protect premium content on the service, in which Sky owns 51% and TVNZ 49%.

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