SOURCE: Thomson

December 13, 2007 09:16 ET

Thomson's NexGuard Watermarking Integrated in Dolby Digital Cinema Servers

PARIS--(Marketwire - December 13, 2007) - Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), today announced Dolby Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: DLB) offers the option of NexGuard™, Thomson's content security solution suite, in its digital cinema servers. NexGuard watermarking is intended to prevent illegal recordings of digital cinema content, as required by the Digital Cinema Initiative's (DCI) V1.1 specifications. This partnership enables Dolby to embed NexGuard's video forensic watermarking solution in its digital cinema server, which can replay DCI compliant 2D and 3D digital cinema images. Thomson and Dolby have been working together since 2006.

"Thomson is at the forefront of digital content security innovation and provides piracy-dissuasion solutions for all release windows," said Jian Zhao, chief technology officer of Thomson's Software and Technology Solutions business, within the Technology division. "Dolby is a global leader in media ecosystems, and we are pleased to partner with them to offer studios a security solution for all digital cinema screens, including 3D theaters."

NexGuard is the most broadly applicable forensic watermarking solution in the digital entertainment landscape. Its implementation for digital cinema exceeds DCI specifications by providing resistance to illegal camcorder capture and compression, as well as offering the flexibility to embed more than the required amount of identification information.

"Dolby is dedicated to protecting the studios' intellectual property while providing a superior digital cinema experience to movie-goers," said John Iles, Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "By working closely with a leader in video technologies such as Thomson, Dolby is able to provide state of the art security across its digital cinema systems."

Thomson's NexGuard has been solely designed to serve the media, entertainment and communication industries, and delivers the most wide-ranging line of products to track and secure digital audiovisual content throughout production, post-production, distribution and exhibition.

For more information about NexGuard, please visit: http://nexguard.thomson.net.

Certain statements in this press release, including any discussion of management expectations for future periods, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements due to changes in global economic and business conditions, consumer electronics markets, and regulatory factors. More detailed information on the potential factors that could affect the financial results of Thomson is contained in Thomson's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Thomson — World leader in digital video technologies

Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides technology, services, and systems 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 is the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA, and Thomson brands. For more information: http://www.thomson.net.

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