Thomson Multimedia Now Offers Broadcasters and Network Operators Complete Solutions for Digital Transition

New Businesses, New Technologies Highlight NAB Offerings

From Industry's Second-Largest Professional Equipment Supplier



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Thomson Multimedia

    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Thomson Multimedia (NYSE:   TMS), one of the world's largest providers of
 digital systems, products, and solutions for the entertainment industry, today
 announced a complete digital product offering at the annual National
 Association of Broadcasters convention -- from the studio camera to the living
 room television -- that allows content providers, broadcasters, and network
 operators to make a transition to digital service at their own pace.
 Thomson's expanded professional solutions business now includes both the
 Thomson Broadcast and recently-acquired Philips Broadcast operations, as well
 as Nextream, a joint venture between Thomson Multimedia and Alcatel.
     "The newly-combined businesses of Thomson and Philips Broadcast, now under
 the Thomson Multimedia banner, rank as the world's second-largest source of
 state-of-the-art digital broadcast equipment.  From cameras, switchers, and
 servers to routers, film imagers, and distribution systems, along with
 professional services, Thomson Multimedia can provide all of the elements
 necessary for complete end-to-end solutions," said Jim Meyer, Senior Executive
 Vice President of Thomson's Digital Media Solutions Strategic Business Unit.
     "The advantages of digital technology are obvious: more efficient
 delivery, more content, more revenue opportunities, enhanced interactivity,
 and new distribution channels.  The whole world of entertainment is evolving
 right before our eyes," Meyer said.
     "Our customer base is rapidly expanding.  Many consumers already know
 Thomson as a world leader in digital set-top boxes, home telephony, TV and
 video, and digital cable modems.   We're also a huge industry supplier in key
 picture tube and DVD components and maintain an active portfolio of more than
 18,000 patents.  And on top of that vast consumer business, we're mastering
 the digital media chain with our expanded professional broadcast business and
 services to the entertainment industry with Technicolor," Meyer said.
 
     Studio, Camera, and Switching Innovations:
     Studio Products featured by Thomson Multimedia Broadcast Solutions at NAB
 include an improved Sportcam version of the Digital Triax 1707 camera and a
 new version of the LDK23HS High Speed camera that offers unrestricted slow-
 motion replay of sports action (including events shot indoors.)
     Among the Camera products from Thomson highlighted at NAB include the
 industry's smallest camera base station, the compatible LDK 4500SL (Slimline
 Series), with a lightweight and modular design that makes it ideal for outdoor
 applications.
     Revolutionary HDTV imaging will be possible with the LDK 6000HD and LDK
 7000HD Series 2 Portable High-Definition Camera Systems featuring native
 multi-format capabilities.
     In Switching equipment, Thomson will unveil extended features for its
 Alteo switcher series and will introduce four extensions to the DD35 series of
 production switchers that will further expand the creative power of this
 already well-established switcher.  The Seraph HD35 production switcher,
 bringing all the power of the DD35 series to HD production, will also be
 shown.  The Seraph features an internal 1.5 Gbit/second architecture
 delivering 90 inputs and an associated 20 auxiliary buses .
 
     Film Imaging for HDTV
     In Film Imaging, Thomson will launch the new Voodoo Data Recorder, the
 latest enhancement to complement the digital film production chain. The
 introduction of this new data module for storage and archiving of film image
 data provides an extension to the previous 24p HDTV version of the Voodoo
 Media Recorder. NAB2001 will also see the introduction of SCREAM, a new
 resolution-independent noise/grain reduction system for the Spirit DataCine,
 Shadow Telecine and Specter Virtual DataCine.  The Film Imaging division is
 set to sell the 200th Spirit Datacine at NAB2001.
 
     Media Networking, IT Broadcasting/Servers, and Nextream
     New Media Networking and Control equipment includes the premiere of the
 new TRINIX digital video routing switcher family as well as AccuSwitch, a new
 option for the versatile JupiterPlus facility control system.
     In the IT Broadcasting/Servers category, Thomson will unveil new
 applications for the Nextore digital video server, especially designed for
 media acquisition, media play-out, and network administration.
     Nextream unveils a complete solutions package from encoding down to the
 end user.  The ACM 4200 Telecom Contribution Multiplexer has been designed to
 meet the requirements of telecom network operators and their customers to
 transport video and audio signals over their networks with the highest
 quality.  The ACM 4200 is a true multimedia network terminal, offering a wide
 variety of network interfaces using ATM technology, as well as a choice of
 broadcast service and auxiliary multimedia interfaces to meet all potential
 transmission requirements of content providers.
     For advanced multimedia IP-based services over cable networks, Nextream
 offers the DRC 7100 Interactive Network Adapter that provides for cutting-edge
 interactive TV services and broadband communications services.
 
     New Options for Internet Streaming by Broadcasters
     Thomson also made a significant announcement that will impact radio
 broadcasters at the NAB event.  As the co-developer of the popular mp3 audio
 encoding format, Thomson announced the launch of a national initiative
 designed to introduce the new mp3PRO format for Internet audio streaming.
     Highlighting the appeal of mp3PRO for radio broadcasters is the system's
 CD sound quality and file size reduction -- providing stations with an
 advanced technology that reduces the cost of bandwidth.  mp3PRO will be
 demonstrated throughout the NAB conference at the company's booth (# L 9000)
 for radio broadcasters who stream over the Internet.
     First announced in January, mp3PRO provides improved sound at lower bit
 rates.  Providing 128 kbs performance at a 64kbs encoding rate. This week,
 Thomson Multimedia demonstrates an improved mp3PRO that can now achieve near
 CD quality at a 48 kbs rate.  This innovation allows a bandwidth reduction of
 more than 60 percent, or a storage capacity that almost triples.
 
     Transition At Your Own Speed
     "We believe we need to help customers to make the transition to digital at
 their speed, not ours.  Not everyone will need everything at the same time.
 And we're ready for that.  After all, there are wide differences in economics,
 infrastructure, and geography among Thomson's customers worldwide.
     "Together, we are here at NAB to tell our customers that through content
 Creation, Protection, Distribution, and Display, we have the necessary links
 in the digital media chain.  We have you covered every step of the way," Meyer
 explained.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a
 number of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual
 results to differ materially from those expected are the following: business
 conditions and general economic conditions; competitive factors such as
 pricing and marketing efforts of rival companies; timing of product
 introductions; ability of contract manufacturers to meet product price
 objectives and delivery schedules; legislative, regulatory, and industry
 initiatives that may affect planned or actual product features and marketing
 methods; and the pace and success of product research and development. For
 more information on the potential factors that could affect the company's
 financial results, please review the SEC filings of the company.
 About Thomson Multimedia
     With sales of 9.1 billion euros (U.S. $8.3 billion) in 2000 and
 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson Multimedia
 (Paris Sicovam: 18453) (NYSE:   TMS), provides a wide range of technologies,
 systems, finished products and services to consumers and professionals of the
 entertainment and media industries. To advance and enable the digital media
 transition, Thomson Multimedia has five principal activities: Digital Media
 Solutions, Displays and Components, Consumer Products, New Media Services, and
 Patents and Licensing. The company distributes its products under the popular
 THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names. For more information:
 www.thomson-multimedia.com .
 
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    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Thomson Multimedia (NYSE:   TMS), one of the world's largest providers of
 digital systems, products, and solutions for the entertainment industry, today
 announced a complete digital product offering at the annual National
 Association of Broadcasters convention -- from the studio camera to the living
 room television -- that allows content providers, broadcasters, and network
 operators to make a transition to digital service at their own pace.
 Thomson's expanded professional solutions business now includes both the
 Thomson Broadcast and recently-acquired Philips Broadcast operations, as well
 as Nextream, a joint venture between Thomson Multimedia and Alcatel.
     "The newly-combined businesses of Thomson and Philips Broadcast, now under
 the Thomson Multimedia banner, rank as the world's second-largest source of
 state-of-the-art digital broadcast equipment.  From cameras, switchers, and
 servers to routers, film imagers, and distribution systems, along with
 professional services, Thomson Multimedia can provide all of the elements
 necessary for complete end-to-end solutions," said Jim Meyer, Senior Executive
 Vice President of Thomson's Digital Media Solutions Strategic Business Unit.
     "The advantages of digital technology are obvious: more efficient
 delivery, more content, more revenue opportunities, enhanced interactivity,
 and new distribution channels.  The whole world of entertainment is evolving
 right before our eyes," Meyer said.
     "Our customer base is rapidly expanding.  Many consumers already know
 Thomson as a world leader in digital set-top boxes, home telephony, TV and
 video, and digital cable modems.   We're also a huge industry supplier in key
 picture tube and DVD components and maintain an active portfolio of more than
 18,000 patents.  And on top of that vast consumer business, we're mastering
 the digital media chain with our expanded professional broadcast business and
 services to the entertainment industry with Technicolor," Meyer said.
 
     Studio, Camera, and Switching Innovations:
     Studio Products featured by Thomson Multimedia Broadcast Solutions at NAB
 include an improved Sportcam version of the Digital Triax 1707 camera and a
 new version of the LDK23HS High Speed camera that offers unrestricted slow-
 motion replay of sports action (including events shot indoors.)
     Among the Camera products from Thomson highlighted at NAB include the
 industry's smallest camera base station, the compatible LDK 4500SL (Slimline
 Series), with a lightweight and modular design that makes it ideal for outdoor
 applications.
     Revolutionary HDTV imaging will be possible with the LDK 6000HD and LDK
 7000HD Series 2 Portable High-Definition Camera Systems featuring native
 multi-format capabilities.
     In Switching equipment, Thomson will unveil extended features for its
 Alteo switcher series and will introduce four extensions to the DD35 series of
 production switchers that will further expand the creative power of this
 already well-established switcher.  The Seraph HD35 production switcher,
 bringing all the power of the DD35 series to HD production, will also be
 shown.  The Seraph features an internal 1.5 Gbit/second architecture
 delivering 90 inputs and an associated 20 auxiliary buses .
 
     Film Imaging for HDTV
     In Film Imaging, Thomson will launch the new Voodoo Data Recorder, the
 latest enhancement to complement the digital film production chain. The
 introduction of this new data module for storage and archiving of film image
 data provides an extension to the previous 24p HDTV version of the Voodoo
 Media Recorder. NAB2001 will also see the introduction of SCREAM, a new
 resolution-independent noise/grain reduction system for the Spirit DataCine,
 Shadow Telecine and Specter Virtual DataCine.  The Film Imaging division is
 set to sell the 200th Spirit Datacine at NAB2001.
 
     Media Networking, IT Broadcasting/Servers, and Nextream
     New Media Networking and Control equipment includes the premiere of the
 new TRINIX digital video routing switcher family as well as AccuSwitch, a new
 option for the versatile JupiterPlus facility control system.
     In the IT Broadcasting/Servers category, Thomson will unveil new
 applications for the Nextore digital video server, especially designed for
 media acquisition, media play-out, and network administration.
     Nextream unveils a complete solutions package from encoding down to the
 end user.  The ACM 4200 Telecom Contribution Multiplexer has been designed to
 meet the requirements of telecom network operators and their customers to
 transport video and audio signals over their networks with the highest
 quality.  The ACM 4200 is a true multimedia network terminal, offering a wide
 variety of network interfaces using ATM technology, as well as a choice of
 broadcast service and auxiliary multimedia interfaces to meet all potential
 transmission requirements of content providers.
     For advanced multimedia IP-based services over cable networks, Nextream
 offers the DRC 7100 Interactive Network Adapter that provides for cutting-edge
 interactive TV services and broadband communications services.
 
     New Options for Internet Streaming by Broadcasters
     Thomson also made a significant announcement that will impact radio
 broadcasters at the NAB event.  As the co-developer of the popular mp3 audio
 encoding format, Thomson announced the launch of a national initiative
 designed to introduce the new mp3PRO format for Internet audio streaming.
     Highlighting the appeal of mp3PRO for radio broadcasters is the system's
 CD sound quality and file size reduction -- providing stations with an
 advanced technology that reduces the cost of bandwidth.  mp3PRO will be
 demonstrated throughout the NAB conference at the company's booth (# L 9000)
 for radio broadcasters who stream over the Internet.
     First announced in January, mp3PRO provides improved sound at lower bit
 rates.  Providing 128 kbs performance at a 64kbs encoding rate. This week,
 Thomson Multimedia demonstrates an improved mp3PRO that can now achieve near
 CD quality at a 48 kbs rate.  This innovation allows a bandwidth reduction of
 more than 60 percent, or a storage capacity that almost triples.
 
     Transition At Your Own Speed
     "We believe we need to help customers to make the transition to digital at
 their speed, not ours.  Not everyone will need everything at the same time.
 And we're ready for that.  After all, there are wide differences in economics,
 infrastructure, and geography among Thomson's customers worldwide.
     "Together, we are here at NAB to tell our customers that through content
 Creation, Protection, Distribution, and Display, we have the necessary links
 in the digital media chain.  We have you covered every step of the way," Meyer
 explained.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a
 number of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual
 results to differ materially from those expected are the following: business
 conditions and general economic conditions; competitive factors such as
 pricing and marketing efforts of rival companies; timing of product
 introductions; ability of contract manufacturers to meet product price
 objectives and delivery schedules; legislative, regulatory, and industry
 initiatives that may affect planned or actual product features and marketing
 methods; and the pace and success of product research and development. For
 more information on the potential factors that could affect the company's
 financial results, please review the SEC filings of the company.
 About Thomson Multimedia
     With sales of 9.1 billion euros (U.S. $8.3 billion) in 2000 and
 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson Multimedia
 (Paris Sicovam: 18453) (NYSE:   TMS), provides a wide range of technologies,
 systems, finished products and services to consumers and professionals of the
 entertainment and media industries. To advance and enable the digital media
 transition, Thomson Multimedia has five principal activities: Digital Media
 Solutions, Displays and Components, Consumer Products, New Media Services, and
 Patents and Licensing. The company distributes its products under the popular
 THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names. For more information:
 www.thomson-multimedia.com .
 
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