SOURCE: Thomson

August 31, 2007 07:04 ET

THOMSON : TF1's main technical partner for the 2007 Rugby World Cup

PARIS--(Marketwire - August 31, 2007) - Thomson: TF1's main technical partnerfor the 2007 Rugby World Cup

TF1 is using Thomson solutions to broadcast the sporting event of the year live and in high definition

Paris, France, August 31, 2007 - Under its long-standing partnership with the French television network TF1, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) is supplying most of the HD equipment being used by TF1 for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, which will be held in France from September 7 to October 20. Thomson solutions, used for all technical services, will enable TF1, which owns exclusive rights to the World Cup to produce, to broadcast and transmit television images of this event live and, for some media (satellite, ADSL, Digital Terrestrial Television), in high definition.

A comprehensive and innovative layout

Thomson will be involved throughout the image chain, from capture to broadcasting to transmission.

Image production

At World Cup stadiums, Thomson is supplying most of the service providers selected by TF1 with equipment such as cameras, mixers and commutations grids, for capturing and producing High Definition images.

Broadcasting: central control room

Thomson has designed and developed TF1's entire central control room on a turnkey basis, for both SD (standard definition) and HD. The central control room is used for broadcasting the usual programming around the clock, but also has HD capacities that TF1 can use to transmit images from the Rugby World Cup live in SD across all networks and in high definition on satellite, TV ADSL and via HD Digital Terrestrial Television experimentation in Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Most HD encoders used are provided by Thomson.

Thomson has also put together the systems that Eurosport will be using to broadcast 28 World Cup matches in SD.


The digital transmitters that Thomson supplies to TDF will also be used to transmit images and sounds in High Definition Digital Terrestrial Television to end-subscribers from Paris and Rennes areas.

According to Gilles Maugars, TF1's Technical Director, Based on the long- standing partnership that the TF1 group has established with Thomson, notably in central control room broadcasting, we can count on a whole range of reliable and high-performance solutions. This will make it possible for the TF1 group to bring the Rugby World Cup to millions of television viewers, with, for the first time in France, in full, exclusive High Definition images, which are now broadcast on most networks.

Patrick Montliaud, Vice-President of Integration and Network Solutions, within Thomson's Systems division, added: We are proud to have accompanied TF1 over the last several years and to have together met the technical challenge posed by the broadcasting of the Rugby World Cup. The Thomson solutions chosen by TF1 will meet the standards of reliability and quality of viewers who will be getting their World Cup images through very diverse media."


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