SOURCE: Thomson

March 17, 2006 06:46 ET

Cable operator Henan Cable TV Network Group selects Thomson for region's first digital cable service

Boulogne Cedex -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 17, 2006 -- PARIS and NEVADA CITY, Calif. — March 17, 2006 — Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) announced today that Henan Cable TV Network Group has placed a significant order for a variety of Grass Valley multi-format signal management and processing products and systems for Henan Cable TV's new digital TV DVB head-end system, in Zhengzhou, China.

Once completed, the new Henan digital TV platform will represent the first and only service within Henan Province; offering digital TV services, including more than 400 digital TV channels on content to over seven million digital cable subscribers.

"We are pleased to be working with Henan Cable TV Network Group on this historic project, which will bring the quality and flexibility of digital cable services to a large number of homes." said Marc Valentin, president of the Grass Valley business within Thomson. "China is an important market for Thomson and its Grass Valley products, which help operators get the most out of their capacity and facilitate new digital TV services."

The Grass Valley HD/SD products and systems to be installed include several ViBE encoders and decoders, a Gecko™ signal processing system, as well as Trinix™ Concerto™ Series and Triton multi-format routing switchers. A series of DBX 4300 multiplexers, ViBE network adapters, and XMS 3500 network management software will also be deployed to maintain a high-quality signal to subscriber's homes.

With such a large quantity of programs, sub-headends and end users, the Henan Cable TV system requires a very high level of standardization, reliability and flexibility. After a strict evaluation process of the available equipment on the market, Henan Cable TV Network chose the Grass Valley network and compression line of products, due to their cost-effective performance and flexibility that allow the company to take full advantage of its new DVB headend system.

A special opening ceremony for the cable operator's new all-digital headend was held on Oct. 18 in Zhengzhou, attended by top leaders from both Henan Broadcast & TV Bureau and Henan Cable TV Network Group, as well as several Thomson executives.

About Thomson — Partner To the Media & Entertainment Industries

Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides technology, services, and systems & equipment 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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