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Pace Micro Technology Plc is a British manufacturer of set top boxes for digital and analogue satellite television, founded in 1982. They took over from Amstrad as the main supplier for Sky. They were the first manufacturer to ship boxes for Sky Digital in 1998 and for many years were the only provider of Sky+ boxes. The term set-top box describes a device that connects to a television and some external source of signal, and turns the signal into content then displayed on the screen. ... Satellite television is television delivered by way of orbiting communications satellites located 37,000 km (22,300 miles) above the earths surface. ... 1982 is a number and represents a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar Events January-February January 6 - William Bonin is convicted of being the freeway killer. January 8 - AT&T agrees to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions January 11 - Mark Thatcher, son of the British... Amstrad Consumer Electronics plc, usually known as Amstrad, is a company formed in 1968 by Sir Alan Michael Sugar in the UK, and based in Brentwood in Essex, England. ... British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB - formerly two companies, Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting, which merged) is a company that operates the most popular subscription television service in the Ireland. ... Sky Digital is the brand name for British Sky Broadcastings digital satellite television service, transmitted from SES Astra satellites located at 28. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


The company started off making dial up modems, and claims to have developed the first consumer modems. A modem (a portmanteau word constructed from modulator and demodulator) is a device that modulates an analog carrier signal (sound), to encode digital information, and that also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. ...


Pace's head office is in Saltaire in its home county of Yorkshire. It occupies a large proportion of the Victorian Salt's Mill site. See also Saltaire, New York, United States. ... This article is about the English county. ... Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her Accession to the Throne, June 20, 1837) gave her name to the historic era. ...


In 1995, they manufacturered the worlds first DVB decoders for an Australian satellite company, and had shipped a million DVB units by 1997. By 1998, they were developing solely digital decoders. 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... DVB, short for Digital Video Broadcasting, is a suite of internationally accepted, open standards for digital television maintained by the DVB Project, an industry consortium with more than 300 members, and published by a Joint Technical Committee (JTC) of European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Reef. ...


Pace was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1996. The modem division was dissolved in 2000. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Source by Greyworld, in the new LSE building The London Stock Exchange (abbreviated LSE) is a stock exchange market located in London. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Being an indigenous manufacturer, UK media providers are more likely to use Pace equipment. As a result the company had, for many years, close to a monopoly on the supply of cable decoders, DTT equipment, ADSL based VOD systems and satellite decoders suitable for use on UK networks. Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV or DTT) is an implementation of Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) technology to provide a greater number of channels, and digital quality of sound and picture, through a conventional aerial instead of a satellite dish or cable connection. ... Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) is a form of DSL, a data communications technology that enables faster data transmission over copper telephone lines than a conventional modem can provide. ... Video on demand systems are systems which allow users to select and watch video content over a network as part of an interactive television system. ...


In 1999, Pace purchased the set top box division of Acorn Computers Ltd, this becoming its Cambridge office. As a result, for a number of years, Pace owned RISC OS, and used technologies based on it in its decoder equipment. 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Acorn Computers Ltd. ... The city of Cambridge is an old English university town and the regional centre of the county of Cambridgeshire. ... RISC OS (Reduced Instruction Set Computing Operating System) is a British GUI operating system for ARM-processor based computers or similar devices. ...


In 2001, Pace announced that it was outsourcing the last 25 percent of manufacturing output which remained at Saltaire. Thus the head office is now an administration and design/development centre. 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Outsourcing is often defined as the delegation of non-core operations or jobs from internal production to an external entity (such as a subcontractor) that specializes in that operation. ... A percentage is a way of expressing a proportion or a fraction as a whole number. ...


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Pace Micro Technology (608 words)
Pace Micro Technology, the Shipley-based manufacturer of satellite TV receivers, is to cut 150 jobs and reduce costs by £5m a year following another profits warning caused by the slow introduction of digital TV and the decline in analogue TV.
Pace Micro Technology has begun trialling a fl box decoder with integral modem on behalf of three cable companies that are preparing for the launch of digital TV.
Pace Micro Technology, the maker of satellite receivers, is to undergo a 50% flotation on the main market in order to increase its financial strength.
CNN.com - Pace Micro of UK boosts earnings - Jul. 9, 2001 (385 words)
Pace said pretax profits before amortisation and one-time items in the year to June 2 rose to £44.3 million ($62 million), as sales rose 39 percent to £523.6 million compared with £377.6 million in fiscal 2000.
Pace's boxes allow customers to receive TV channels on cable and by satellite and the boxes will enable TVs to provide a growing number of the same interactive services available on personal computers.
Pace said it filed 75 new patent applications during the year, bringing the total number to 156 as it continued a high spend on its research and development programme.
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