BT Vision hopes to secure 'two to three million subscribers' after signing a deal with Pace for next-generation personal video recorders.

The V-box is a hybrid device that can receive both DTT and IPTV and is HD capable.

It will provide access for up to 40 Freeview TV channels and 30 radio channels and will have on-demand access to a library of films, TV shows, music videos and sport and a range of interactive applications.

BT Vision hopes the new boxes will help to attract new subscribers. Dan Marks, BT Vision chief executive said: “Our medium-term goal is to secure two to three million subscribers for our BT Vision service and we are looking forward to making this vision a reality in co-operation with Pace.”

The V-box PRV uses Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV middleware and Nagravision conditional access technology and can record 80 hours of content.

Deliveries of the new box are expected to commence in 2009.

This is the first deal to be announced since Pace bought the set-top box division of Royal Philips Electronics.