SOURCE: Thomson

April 04, 2007 05:43 ET

Thomson's SmartVision Platform manages world's largest number of subscribers, according to analyst MRG Co's latest report

PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 4, 2007 -- Thomson's SmartVision Platform manages world's largest number of subscribers, according to analyst MRG Co's latest report

Thomson's video services platform now runs nearly 1 million subscribers

Paris, France, 4 April, 2007 - Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced that its SmartVision platform is now the world's leading IPTV service platform in terms of subscribed users according to the latest report published by analysts MRG. Thomson's SmartVision is used by telecom operators and internet service providers to manage delivery of interactive live and on-demand video services to fixed and mobile devices.

The report also finds that Thomson's video service platform has the largest number of IP VOD (video on demand) subscribed users in Europe. Thomson's SmartVision, which is available in both fixed and mobile editions, is at the heart of Thomson's IP Video suite for the deployment of triple play, mobile TV, and convergent services. Thomson's suite of solutions also include consumer premises equipment, Grass Valley head end technologies and Cirpack Voice over IP platforms.

Serge Mal, VP of Thomson's network software business remarked: "In addition to the report by MRG, our own latest figures now show that nearly one million subscribers watch TV managed by our SmartVision video services platform. These results are due to the growing success of our tier one customers, such as Orange, in the IPTV sector. We have been successfully implementing mass market deployments of broadband video, at an international level, for the last 3 years and our SmartVision TV and SmartVision Mobility platforms continue to gain new customers and end subscribers throughout Europe, the USA and Asia."

Driving new subscribers

The range of video services managed by the SmartVision platform include delivery of bouquets of live channels, video on demand, network personal video recording, electronic programme guides and time shifting. Thomson's pre-integrated triple play platforms which combine SmartVision with Thomson's Cirpack voice switching platform for full voice, video and messaging solutions with customer self care is available for those operators wishing to quickly deploy triple play solutions. Thomson's SmartVision TV screen interface allows the end customer to instantly purchase new service options and manage preferences, thus providing another means of driving revenues for providers.

Based on open standards, Thomson's SmartVision manages video services delivery for all types of devices (in high definition or standard definition, for mobiles, PCs, set-top boxes) and all types of networks - cable, optical fibre, DSL, and mobile (DVB-H, HSDPA and 3G) for seamless video services whether in the home or on the move.

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 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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