Pace plc today announced that it is providing the services and technology behind SKY New Zealand and TVNZ’s innovative new TV service, IGLOO.
IGLOO will run Pace’s new and innovative Elements software platform on a Pace DVB-T2 Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) hybrid IP set-top box to offer consumers digital TV services, Video on Demand (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 IGLOO service, which soft-launched to a group of customers at the end of June, delivers a fully integrated broadcast and broadband TV solution.
Once installed, IGLOO provides consumers with all terrestrial free-to-air channels for free.
In addition, they get access to a pre-paid premium channel pack, pay-per-view sporting events and a transactional video on demand (TVOD) catalogue of over 1000 items.
In providing these options, the IGLOO pre-pay model is designed to offer consumers unparalleled flexibility and content choices.
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.”
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.”
(From a press release)