SOURCE: Thomson

September 10, 2005 05:00 ET

Thomson Launches Infinity Series: A Revolutionary Line of Broadcast and Professional Camcorders, Recording, and Storage Devices

Boulogne -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 10, 2005 -- New Product Line Addresses 1 Billion Euro VTR Replacement and Camcorder Markets

Paris/Amsterdam, Sept. 10, 2005 -Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced the Grass Valley™ brand Infinity™ Series, a new, IT-based line of next-generation acquisition, recording, and storage devices that will revolutionize the way news, documentaries, magazine shows, and independent videography productions are digitally gathered and produced. The new line is on display this week at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.

For years, broadcasters and journalists have been frustrated by proprietary technologies, dictated formats, and closed solutions that have made the acquisition and production of their content inefficient. As a result, they have relied largely upon tape-based VTR machines and camcorders that use proprietary, expensive, and harder-to-find media.

The Infinity Series uses IT-based recording media, IT connectivity, and next-generation compression. Supporting standard- and high-definition production, the line includes the Infinity Digital Media Camcorder and the Infinity Digital Media Recorder. The Infinity line will also support removable disk-based Iomega® REV™ media as well as professional grade Compact Flash solid-state media— both of which can be found at common electronics retailers stores—as well as new REV PRO media developed jointly by Iomega and Grass Valley.

According to third-party analysis and Thomson research, the current camcorder and VTR replacement markets are valued at approximately 1 billion euros.

"The Infinity Series is more than just state-of-the-art products. Thomson has taken a monumental leap forward in redefining our role as a technology provider and our responsibility to our customers," said Marc Valentin, president of the Grass Valley business within Thomson.

New line is a huge step forward in efficiency for video professionals

The Infinity camcorder combines the best of Grass Valley's multiple Emmy® award winning camera engineering capabilities with leading IT recording and connectivity technologies. It is the first camcorder to use off-the-shelf Iomega REV or REV PRO removable disks and professional CompactFlash® solid-state memory as recording and playback media, making stories faster to edit, and easier to play back, and store.

The Infinity Digital Media recorder works like a tape machine, but accepts removable media instead. It also uses off-the-shelf Iomega REV or REV PRO removable disks and professional CompactFlash solid-state memory. The media replace videotape in the field, in preview rooms, in edit bays, in control rooms—anywhere VTRs are used .

REV removable disks provide the portability and cost-effectiveness of videotape with the availability, speed, flexibility, and ease of use of true nonlinear media such as computer hard disks. REV PRO drives and media are specifically engineered for video professionals.

Thomson at IBC

At IBC this year (Hall 11, Stand 551), Thomson will display a broad set of its services and digital equipment in support of the world's media and entertainment industries' commercial objectives and performance optimization.


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About Thomson - Partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries

Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides services, equipment and technology to help its Media & Entertainment clients - content creators, content distributors and users of its technology - realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment. The Group intends to become the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA and Thomson brands. For more information:

Thomson's Systems and Equipment division develops video and film technologies, products and services sold to all major Hollywood studios, all major television, satellite, and cable broadcasters under the Grass Valley brand-name for the delivery of analog and digital entertainment. The division also includes Thomson's Broadband Access Products Business, which develops technologies and products for broadband and telecommunication networks to deliver digital entertainment and data to consumers and businesses.

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