SOURCE: Thomson

December 15, 2006 04:04 ET

NEP Visions Provides Exclusive Coverage of the 15th Annual Asian Games with Thomson Grass Valley High Definition & Standard Definition Cameras

-- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 15, 2006 -- NEP Visions Provides Exclusive Coverage of the 15th Annual Asian Games with Thomson Grass Valley High Definition & Standard Definition Cameras

World's Second Largest Multinational Sporting Event to Air

with More Than 2,000 Hours of Television Coverage

Paris/Nevada City, Calif., December 15, 2006 — NEP Visions, a division of NEP Broadcasting, the leading international provider of outsourced teleproduction services critical to the delivery of live sports and entertainment events, is relying exclusively on Grass Valley™ high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) video cameras from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), to provide more than 2,000 hours of television coverage of the 15th Annual Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. The Asian Games began on December 1 and is scheduled to run through December 15.

Capturing all the action of 40 events from 39 venues is a total of 104 Grass Valley cameras. These cameras are interfaced to 12 production control rooms which feed a total of four master control rooms — one HD and three SD.

"The ease of set-up and use of Grass Valley HD and SD cameras is what we rely on to capture top-of-the-line sport and entertainment events throughout the world," said Doug Fletcher, unit manager, NEP Visions. "Our customers demand spectacular images, whether in HD or SD, and Grass Valley cameras deliver."

"NEP Visions has a history of providing spectacular pictures from the world's largest sporting events including the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup™, and now the Asian Games," said Marc Valentin, president of the Grass Valley business within Thomson. "With Grass Valley cameras, the potential worldwide television audience of 3 billion viewers are assured of the best possible pictures."

NEP Visions is using equipment from both the UK and the US to provide exclusive coverage of the Asian Games' opening and closing ceremonies, and all the athletics and gymnastics in HD, in addition to extensive SD coverage of the remaining competitions. Included in NEP Visions' equipment package are 30 LDK 6000 mkII WorldCam HD cameras, nine LDK 6200 HD Super SloMo cameras, 42 LDK 200 SD cameras, and eight LDK 23HS mk II Super SloMo SD cameras. NEP Visions is also using a number of Kalypso™ Video Production Center switchers and Trinix™ Digital Video Routing Switchers. NEP is working closely with Host Broadcast Services (HBS) and IMG Media in covering the Asian Games.

NEP Visions is also equipped with 12 outside broadcast (OB) production trucks — of which six are HD — four VTR trailers, and flyaway kits capable of equipping up to 12 separate production control rooms. NEP Visions' HD OB trucks are equipped exclusively with Grass Valley HD cameras, vision mixers/production switchers, and routing switchers.

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.

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