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PCCW Plans High-Definition IPTV

PCCW, which now has over half a million IPTV subscribers in Hong Kong, has announced plans for the world�s first high-definition television service over broadband telephone lines.

PCCW in Hong Kong has chosen Tandberg Television to provide the MPEG-4 encoding equipment for a world-first roll-out of high-definition television over DSL broadband telephone lines.

The Now pay-television service was first launched in 2003 and has been using Tandberg Television MPEG-2 encoding for its premium channels.

�We have grown a successful standard definition business with Tandberg Television�s IP video head-end and are now excited to be the first operator in Asia to offer HDTV based on the MPEG-4 AVC platform,� said Paul Berriman, head of strategic market development at PCCW.

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