SOURCE: Thomson

October 09, 2006 05:07 ET

Thomson Selected by TV Cabo for Deployment of HD MPEG-4 Set-Top Boxes with Triple Play and Personal Video Recorder

Boulogne Cedex -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 9, 2006 -- Thomson Selected by TV Cabo for Deployment of HD MPEG-4

Set-Top Boxes with Triple Play and Personal Video Recorder

Leading Portuguese Pay-TV Operator Set to Offer Advanced Services to its Subscribers with All-in One Cable Set-top Box from Thomson

Paris - 9 October 2006 - Thomson (Euronext Paris:18453; NYSE: TMS) announced it has been chosen by leading Portuguese Pay-TV Operator, TV Cabo, for the rollout of a new High Definition (HD) cable set-top box with integrated Personal Video Recorder (PVR) and wireless voice-enabled cable modem. The new product has already generated significant interest within the operator community with TV Cabo set to deploy in the first half of 2007. The announcement underpins Thomson's commitment to broaden its media and entertainment product offering and partnerships by developing products and services which enable innovative new technologies such as HDTV and integrated triple play.

TV Cabo, a subsidiary of PT Multimedia[1] and Portugal's leading cable and satellite operator with over 1.4 million customers, will deploy the DCI8200 in 2007 along with its satellite version without modem, the DSI8200, and other entry-level products provided by Thomson as part of the ongoing digitization of its network. Without a free-to-air digital TV service in Portugal, TV Cabo has been a major force in the ongoing adoption of digital TV in the country. The new platform will play a key part in the next phase of its modernization project - being a prime mover in the adoption of high definition TV and new services such as PVR and video on demand.

"TV Cabo is committed to driving the adoption of new broadcast services and technologies that can improve the experience of our customers. We are already leading the way towards mass adoption of digital TV services in Portugal: The introduction of HD, PVR and other digital functionalities will enhance our customers' viewing experience and allow them to customize the product according to their individual preferences. said Zeinal Bava, CEO of TV Cabo. "Thomson's STBs will allow us to efficiently and cost-effectively, deliver Portugal's first HDTV service in 2007."

"High definition TV is key to the future success of both Thomson and our customers and we are pleased to be able to not only announce a cutting-edge, new product for cable operators looking to deploy HD services but also the first customer for the product," said Frédéric Kurkjian, EMEA Satellite and Worldwide Cable at Thomson. "By integrating features such as PVR and broadband modems, Thomson's HD platforms are designed to help broadcasters and operators exploit the opportunities that developments such as HDTV and triple-play services bring and we are experiencing unprecedented demand for related products and services."

Global Growth of HDTV

A recent study by US-based IMS Research estimated that by the end of 2005, nearly 14 million households worldwide would be capable of watching HDTV programming. By 2010, this market is forecast to reach over 87 million households.

According to "The Future of High-definition Television" study, HDTV is becoming an important offering for cable and satellite TV providers. IMS Research estimated that, last year, about 20.6 million HDTV displays were shipped worldwide. The double-digit growth expected in this market over the next five years will result in a forecast of nearly 60 million HDTV displays shipped by 2010.


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 & 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:

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|  Martine Esquirou  |  +33 1 41 86 58 51|martine.esquirou@tho|
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|  Julie Dardelet    |  +33 1 41 86 65 24|julie.dardelet@thoms|
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|  Jasmine Khounnala |  +33 6 03 81 48 56|Jasmine.khounnala@th|
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|  Claudine Cécille  |  +33 1 41 86 67 44|Claudine.cecille@tho|
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|  Marie Boidot      |  +33 1 41 86 51 00|marie.boidot@thomson|
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|  Laurent Sfaxi     |  +33 1 41 86 58 83|laurent.sfaxi@thomso|
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[1] PT Multimedia (PTM), whose parent company is Portugal Telecom, is a Portuguese media and Internet services company that is mainly engaged in providing cable and satellite television services

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