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Videotron Orders Pace Set-top Boxes

Indiana and Laguna STBs to be used for its illico Digital TV Service (June 16, 2005)

Pace Micro Technology, a leading digital set-top box provider specializing in the development of emerging technologies across all television platforms, today announced that Videotron, an integrated communications company serving 1,455,000 cable television customers in Québec, Canada, has placed orders for two of Pace's set-top boxes - the Indiana DC511 and the Laguna DC551HD - for Videotron's illico Digital TV service.

Illico Digital TV provides an unbeatable image and CD quality Dolby Digital 5.1 sound plus exclusive, practical and user-friendly options such as video on demand (VOD), individual packages, high definition personal video recorder (HD PVR), as well as interactive programming guides, programs and games.

"We selected Pace to be one of our set-top box solution providers because of the company's innovative and yet cost-effective approach to software and hardware for the cutting-edge, on-demand and interactive television services we offer our customers," said Videotron's Director of New Technologies Alain Boissonnault.

Pace Americas' President Michael Pulli commented, "Videotron is a leader in new technologies with an impressive array of advanced interactive television service offerings for its customers, and we're delighted to be supporting them with our innovative set-top box solutions."

About the Indiana DC511
The Indiana DC511 is a standard definition set-top box that comes with an extra 100 MIPs processing power and improved robustness, through an innovative use of plastics in the enclosure designed to fight wear and tear.

About the Laguna DC551HD
The Laguna DC551HD is a high definition set-top box that comes with HDMI as standard - the latest in display connectivity - to provide secure, high-performance digital audio and video links. This set-top box also supports an optional 1394 5C protected interface, and boasts best-in-class processing speed and memory capacity and comprehensive connectivity options for easy installation into even the most complex home theatre systems.

About Vidéotron
Vidéotron ltée, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access services and residential telephone service. Vidéotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television system and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analogue and digital cable television, and other services. Vidéotron serves 1,455,000 cable television customers in Québec; including over 355,000 illico subscribers. Vidéotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 552,000 subscribers to its cable modem and dial-up services. As well, Vidéotron provides residential telephone service to more than 23,000 customers in South Shore Montréal and Laval.

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About Pace Micro Technology
Pace Micro Technology plc (LSE: PIC) is a leading digital set-top box provider specializing in the development of emerging technologies across all television platforms. Headquartered in the United Kingdom with additional offices in France and Hong Kong, Pace's North and South American office is in Boca Raton, Fla.

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