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UK-based Pace Micro Technology has agreed to buy Philips' set-top box business in exchange for 70m of its shares - equivalent to 23 per cent of the business - the two consumer electronics companies said today. Pace shareholders have to agree, of course, and so do regulatory authorities. The UK company said the deal will allow …

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Crash and burn

When I worked in broadcast TV, there were two set top boxes in the transmission area. At 6am, when the line switch to GMTV occurred, the Pace one would twitch, lose signal for a few seconds and then recover.

The Philips one would crash and have to be restarted.

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It's no better now

the current crop of boxes are still incredibly prone to crash. It's been this way ever since the BBC told everone that a box could be bought for £40, without checking beforehand whether a stable and reliable box could be built for that little (it can't!)

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