Pace drops subscription-free HD box

Time is running out for those Sky HD peeps to make it round to your house before the World Cup, but there is an emergency alternative: Pace has launch

Time is running out for those Sky HD peeps to make it round to your house before the World Cup, but there is an emergency alternative: Pace has launched a set-top box that can receive all free-to-air HD broadcasts.

Team it up with an HD-ready TV and a satellite dish pointed in the right direction, and your DS810XE will be able to receive all free HD broadcasts from across Europe, including the BBC’s World Cup coverage.

It’s not quite a free version of Sky HD – although it can also receive standard-def broadcasts, you won’t be able to tune in to all payTV content, which makes up most of the high-def content currently available.

Still, it’s a good quick fix for the World Cup. All you need is an HD telly – the Pace box connects via HMDI – and a satellite dish that’s pointing to Astra 28.2 degrees, with other content available on the 19.2 degree feed.

If you like the concept, you might also want to check out the similar Humax’s HDCI2000 which is retailing for the same price as Pace’s box – £300.

To buy a DS810XE, go to Pace’s online shop here.