SOURCE: Thomson

July 20, 2005 11:14 ET

Thomson Acquires Controlling Stake in French Broadcast Playout Service Provider, VCF Thématiques

PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 20, 2005 -- Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453) (NYSE: TMS) today announced that it is making a strategic investment to acquire a controlling stake in VCF Thématiques. The investment will take the form of a capital increase and will allow Thomson and the current owner of VCF Thématiques, the VCF Group, a subsidiary of Euro Media TV, to further develop their broadcast playout activities.

The investment is expected to close within the coming weeks, subject to prior French workers' council information and consultation procedures.

VCF Thématiques is a leading provider of playout services to 50 TV channels in France, broadcasting more than 1,000 hours of programs a day. The company is a broadcast playout provider for Multithématiques (Canal + group), NRJ TV, TF6 & Série Club (M6/TF1 groups), TV Breizh (TF1 group), Canal France International (CFI), 13ème Rue (NBC-Universal), Infosport (TPS group) and other broadcasters in France.

As part of the Group's Two Year Plan, and capitalizing on its technology expertise and on the quality of its media services, Thomson is targeting opportunities in key segments of the growing worldwide television broadcast management and services market.

"VCF Thématiques will expand our Network Operations Services business in Europe and brings us an established Media & Entertainment customer base in France," said Nabil Batlouni, Senior Vice President Europe, Network Operations Services, Thomson. "The trend to outsource broadcast playout services has started and will continue. Thomson, which is already a preferred partner for numerous broadcasters around the world, will play an increasingly important role in this line of activity."

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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Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453)(NYSE: TMS) provides services, systems and technology to help its Media & Entertainment clients -- content creators, content distributors and users of its technology -- realize their business goals and optimise their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment. The Group is the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment industries, offering end-to-end solutions to content creators, video network operators and retailers through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA and THOMSON brands. For more information:

Network Operations Services (NOS) part of Thomson's Services division, provides clients with broadcast playout services by offering an online digital content distribution network that supports multiple origination platforms including cable, broadcast and direct-to-home. In addition, NOS addresses the Out of Home advertising marketplace with cinema advertising and other out of home ad placement for major advertisers.

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