SOURCE: Thomson

March 20, 2007 11:18 ET

Thomson to Unveil NexGuard™ for Microsoft Windows Media® Video 9 at NAB 2007

First Forensic Marking Solution for Windows Media® Formatted Files Watermarks, Manages and Traces Digital Content

PARIS and BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2007 -- Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced it is introducing the NexGuard™ forensic marking solution for Microsoft Windows Media® Video 9 (WMV 9), the first and only solution for the codec on the market. The NexGuard WMV 9 suite of tools is a comprehensive software package for deterring piracy of WMV 9 main profile-formatted files.

NexGuard for WMV 9 will be demonstrated at NAB 2007 and will be available summer 2007 for license by technology, networking and hardware manufacturers, or for purchase as a turnkey hardware and software solution by studios, broadcast and network operators.

"Thomson is dedicated to developing anti-piracy solutions that enable content owners and distributors to further embrace digital delivery," said Jean-Luc Moullet, VP of the Software & Technology Solutions business unit, part of the Thomson Technology division. "With this addition to the NexGuard suite of tools, our clients have an easy and effective solution for forensic tracking of content encoded in the Windows Media 9 format in both B2B and consumer environments."

NexGuard for WMV 9 integrates easily into the workflow for producing files with the Microsoft codec, a format used for numerous content-related objectives including: approvals by producers within the postproduction environment; preview by broadcasters prior to acquisition; and repurposing and transferring for Internet and mobile distribution. It is also used by technology and networking companies for delivering files to consumers via the Internet.

NexGuard for WMV 9 will be demonstrated at NAB2007 (Las Vegas - 14 to 19 April 2007) at Thomson's Security & Technology Solutions booth N713, North Hall. For an appointment, contact Pascal Marie, Strategic Marketing, Thomson STS; contentsecurity@thomson.net; +33 299 22 61 62. For more information about NexGuard for WMV9, see: http://nexguard.thomson.net.

Windows Media is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Windows Media Video 9 is the Microsoft implementation of the VC-1 SMPTE standard.

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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.

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