SOURCE: Thomson

July 11, 2006 06:07 ET

Thomson provides integrated solution for Channel One to Upgrade Network From Analog to Digital

Boulogne Cedex -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2006 -- Thomson provides integrated solution for Channel One to Upgrade Network From Analog to Digital

Thomson to Manage Pilot Program That Enhances Channel One's National Broadcast

Infrastructure with Services and Customized Equipment from across the Thomson Group

PARIS, France, and ALPHARETTA, Ga.— June xx, 2006 —Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced it has reached an agreement with Channel One, the preeminent news provider for teens in the United States, to manage a pilot program which upgrades select locations in Channel One's existing communications network from analog to digital with customized hardware, middleware, and services. The technologies for the upgrade will be provided by units across the Thomson Group, in its Services and Systems & Equipment divisions.

The pilot program contract calls for Thomson to upgrade Channel One's analog head-end technology located at more than 100 middle schools and high schools by installing and maintaining custom-designed digital systems, including set-top boxes with digital video recorder (DVR) and digital content playout functionality from Thomson's Systems & Equipment division. The equipment deployment for the pilot program will begin in the fall of 2006. The upgrade and integration will be led by Convergent, the network installation and management unit of Thomson's Services division.

"Our involvement in the launch of the pilot program strengthens our long-standing and valued relationship with Channel One, and exemplifies Thomson's commitment to providing the company with the sophisticated technologies, services, and resources it needs to create a richer viewing experience for millions of students across the country," said R. Bryan Allen, president and chief executive officer of Thomson's Convergent network installation and management unit. "Furthermore, it represents another example of Thomson's industry-leading expertise in successfully transforming the traditional communications of world-class corporate, academic, and government organizations into high-impact, video-powered, and engaging broadcast networks."

"We initiated the test rollout of a digital broadcast network to further our obligation to our teenage audience and the classroom environment. We see movement to a new broadcasting infrastructure as an exciting evolution of the Channel One network and the position we maintain as a next generation news organization," said Judy L. Harris, president and chief executive officer of Channel One. "Channel One is pleased to be working with such a trusted business partner as Thomson as we continue to invest in and develop our network to inform teens and inspire a dialogue around topics of the day."

The transaction expands the scope of an existing, long-term relationship with Channel One. The new contract for the pilot program was awarded to Convergent by Channel One following a detailed review of competitive bids. Under the existing agreement between the two Groups, Thomson, through its Convergent unit, manages all back-end satellite network equipment, transmission services, hardware installations, helpdesk operations, and network maintenance at all Channel One-affiliated middle schools and high schools in the United States. Currently, the Channel One network reaches nearly 30% of teenagers nationwide and is viewed by more than seven million students.

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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 SEC.

About Thomson — Leader In Digital Video Technologies

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

About Channel One

Peabody Award-winning Channel One is the preeminent news and public affairs content provider reaching more than seven million teens in middle schools and high schools across the country, nearly 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. In recent months, Channel One News has covered fast-breaking world events from regions such as Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Myanmar, and Qatar. Channel One News programming has been featured on leading networks and news programs, including CNN, ABC News, The WB, Nightline, and The Today Show. For more information: http://www.channelone.com.

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