SOURCE: Thomson

September 06, 2007 12:50 ET

Thomson Highlights a Broad Portfolio of End-to-End Solutions at IBC 2007

PARIS and AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - September 6, 2007) - Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) will highlight a number of new and enhanced products as well as showcase the industry's broadest range of end-to-end solutions for broadcasters, network operators, and video professionals at the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) Sept. 7 to Sept. 11 in Amsterdam.

At IBC this year, Thomson is demonstrating a new way of supporting video headend architectures, whether for digital broadcast, cable and satellite, or for mobile TV, IPTV, and other next-generation video services.

"This approach provides a complete, one-stop shop, whatever the delivery platform, and the ability to offer HD across all networks, including IPTV," said Jacques Dunogue, Thomson Senior Executive Vice President, in charge of the Systems Division. "It means we can integrate a whole range of value-added services which increase the revenue opportunities of our customers. We do that with the power and flexibility of our solutions so, for example, we can offer dynamic on-demand services using both streaming and hybrid set-top boxes with PVR capabilities."

New Approach to Video Headend Architectures, New Compression Products

At the heart of this solution is Thomson's NetProcessor platform, which makes the head-end agile enough to respond to constant changes in market demands. It offers broadcasters more operational and cost benefits and greater flexibility in their broadcast operations by adding the capability to splice in local content, advertising, logos and ID, and emergency messages.

Another component of Thomson's video network infrastructure is the ViBE encoder. New at IBC this year are extensions to the ViBE family, with a software, PC-based encoder targeting mobile TV and Internet TV, as well as a new VIBE line of MPEG-4 SD and HD encoders. With these new extensions, ViBE becomes the world's first encoding family that provides suitable compression solutions for all workflows: mobile TV, IPTV, Internet TV, DTH, terrestrial and cable.

Supporting Automation, HD for Broadcast

Thomson is officially launching the HD version of its Ignite™ integrated production solution in Europe at IBC this week. The Ignite HD system - now featuring a variety of new features and functions specifically tailored to the needs of broadcasters and production companies in Europe -- enables broadcast facilities and users to deploy resources efficiently to produce more content and/or channels for less investment, and often add additional programming capability without increasing staff or significant additional investment.

As part of a real-world news production workflow demonstration, IBC TV News will produce a daily program of news stories - this year using a whole set of Thomson equipments, from the Grass Valley Infinity™ Camcorder to a Grass Valley K2™ media server.

The newscast will be broadcast via satellite across Europe and North America and also delivered to mobile devices.

New Grass Valley LDK 8000 SportCam

At IBC, Thomson is announcing the Grass Valley™ LDK 8000 SportCam, especially designed for live sports and making it easier to implement more broadly in production environments.

LDK 8000 Sport Cam systems already have been pre-ordered by several major customers for use during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Thomson is also winning systems orders for new HD outside broadcast units from a number of Chinese broadcasters who are preparing themselves for the Olympics.

Content Security Solutions

Thomson also showcases its Content Security solutions: the NexGuard Forensic Marking solution enables content tracing throughout workflows and infrastructures—and is integrated into third-party VOD servers, transcoders and catchers; the NexTracker solution leverages watermarking and fingerprinting technologies to provide reliable content tracking and monitoring.

Advanced Research

A first for IBC, Thomson will showcase a number of emerging solutions and "proof of concepts", reflecting the Group's technological research and highlighting their commitment to innovation.

Integrated Circuits: at the heart of professional equipment

Thomson-engineered integrated circuits (ICs) are a result of over 15 years' experience in compression, signal acquisition and processing. Advanced System-on-Chip constitutes the core technology for such products as communications equipment, set-top boxes, professional broadcasting equipment and mobile devices.

Post Production Solutions

Thomson will showcase post production solutions, content processing and delivery solutions, as well as color correction technologies.

###

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.

This information is provided by CompanynewsGroup

Contact Information