SOURCE: Thomson

April 16, 2007 04:42 ET

Thomson's Grass Valley Digital News Production Solutions Are The Worldwide Choice for the Move to HD News

PARIS and LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 16, 2007 -- Thomson's Grass Valley Digital News Production Solutions Are The Worldwide Choice for the Move to HD News

More Stations Choose Tightly Integrated Grass Valley HD Editing Environment

Than Any Other

Paris, France and Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention), April 16, 2007 - In their effort to deliver local news in pristine high-definition television, customers worldwide have committed their news production operations to Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) range of systems. These include the Grass Valley™ Aurora™ Edit, EDIUS™ standard- and high-definition (SD/HD) editing systems, and K2 Media Server and Client Systems.

Major Thomson's customers stations are Al Jazeera English, and stations across the U.S. in major markets such as the CBS owned and operated stations in Philadelphia (KYW) and Los Angeles (KCBS) and ABC owned and operated stations such as Los Angeles' KABC, all of which have selected Grass Valley Aurora Digital News Production for their full HD news transition.

In some major markets, it's a clean sweep for Grass Valley Digital News Production solutions. For instance, virtually every station in San Francisco/San Jose/Oakland market such as KGO (ABC affiliate), KTVU (Fox affiliate), KNTV/KSTS (NBC/Telemundo affiliate), and KRON (independent) have based their HD newscasts on Grass Valley HD news production solutions.

In fact, the majority of major market U.S. broadcasters who have transitioned to HD news production have done so with Grass Valley solutions.

"Grass Valley digital news production [DNP] systems continue to gain favor with broadcasters looking for a reliable and cost-effective migration path to HD local news," said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Technology for the Grass Valley business within Thomson. "The fact that major customers around the world have converted to Grass Valley DNP solutions illustrates the value and universal appeal of the Aurora News systems and the K2 Media Server for developing news content quickly and getting it to air."

As further proof of the Group's significant impact on the industry and HD worldwide, nearly two-thirds of the tapeless HD news production systems on order from local stations and 80 percent of systems now in place among stations that are natively acquiring HD images in the field and distributing news content are based on Grass Valley Aurora Edit and K2 Media Server and Client Systems from Thomson.

About Grass Valley Digital News Production Systems and the Aurora Suite of Products

The winners in the toughest ratings fights have one thing in common: Grass Valley digital news production systems. They're installed at the leading station groups in the top five U.S. markets--and at leading news outlets worldwide. These highly scalable and integrated systems are designed from the ground up to provide the fastest path from lens to viewer.

The Grass Valley suite of DNP products fit into a complete workflow that spans acquisition, production, and playout. They include feed capture (Aurora Ingest), nonlinear editing (Aurora Edit), browsing (Aurora Browse), playback (Aurora Playout), server and storage (Aurora Share and K2), and archiving solutions (Aurora Browse).

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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.

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