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Press Release Archive — 2005
December 12, 2005
Paris, December 12, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS)today announced an agreement to acquire the Thales Broadcast & Multimedia (TBM) business unit. In a related announcement today, Thomson also described a strategic partnership with Thales, the parent company of TBM and a leading international electronics group (See related press release).
December 12, 2005
Paris, December 12, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) and Thales today announced a strategic partnership as well as the potential acquisition by Thomson of Thales Broadcast & Multimedia (TBM).
December 5, 2005
Paris/Tokyo, December 5, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 33 1/3% of the issued and outstanding shares of Canopus Co., Ltd, a Japan-based leader in high-definition desktop video editing software, through a private transaction with Chairman and CEO, Hiroshi Yamada, and members of his immediate family. Thomson also disclosed today that it will launch a public tender offer for the remaining Canopus shares on Tuesday, December 6, 2005.
November 14, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., November 14, 2005 — On October 12, WSHM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Springfield, Mass., became the first station in the country to go on air with a new Grass Valley™ Ignite automated production system from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS). The system, operated by a single operator, handles the entire production and has enabled the station to add more than six hours of local news coverage each week to a programming schedule that did not have news before.
November 2, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., November 2, 2005 Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) has supplied eight Grass Valley™ Viper FilmStream™ digital cinematography cameras, together with Canon lenses and Manfrotto mounts, to the University of Surrey in England. The cameras will be used as part of a university research project designed to ultimately put the camera angle, lighting and even the movements of the actor in the hands of the viewer.
October 5, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., October 5, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) announced today that BendBroadband has selected the Grass Valley™ ViBE suite of products to support its transition to an all-digital network. The leading cable and broadband company serving Central Oregon, has chosen Grass Valley for its exceptional video quality and high-density architecture to support the company's growing subscription base for revenue-generating applications and services.
September 9, 2005
Paris/Amsterdam (IBC — Stand 11.551), September 9, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced the launch of two vital enabling technologies that meet broadcasters' increased demand for high-definition (HD) television and for their multiple distribution strategies including delivery to mobile device applications. The Grass Valley™ ViBE MPEG-4 AVC HD encoder and an encoder designed specifically to deliver rich media content to mobile devices will be demonstrated on Stand 11.551.
September 9, 2005
Paris/Amsterdam (IBC — Stand 11.551), September 9, 2005 — To update and expand its news exchange service, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the largest professional association of national broadcasters, will install a complete system based on the Grass Valley™ Maestream digital server platform from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS). The Maestream system will work together with the EBU custom software which adds powerful store-and-forward and metadata capabilities to the network.
September 9, 2005
Paris/Amsterdam (IBC — Stand 11.551), September 9, 2005 — With the next generation of digital contribution and distribution networks migrating from Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) and Asynchronous Transport Mode (ATM) networks to IP (Internet Protocol)-based infrastructures, the Grass Valley business within Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), today launched two advanced networking products at IBC2005: the Grass Valley™ brand NetProcessor™ multiplexer and NetFeeder™ network adapter. Both use the latest revision of the Pro MPEG Forum Code of Practice 3, which features developments driven by Grass Valley to improve the reliability of video over long IP circuits.
September 9, 2005
Paris/Amsterdam (IBC — Stand 11.551), September 9, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced that it recently delivered its Grass Valley™ brand Ignite™ integrated production systems to ABC-owned California television stations KABC-TV, Los Angeles and KGO-TV, San Francisco, as well as Meredith Broadcasting's WSHM-TV, in Springfield, Mass.
September 9, 2005
Paris/Amsterdam (IBC — Stand 11.551), September 9, 2005 — Grass Valley, a business within Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced the new Grass Valley™ brand REV™ PRO storage disk, an extension of the proven Iomega® REV format designed specifically for professional media use. Developed in conjunction with Iomega, the REV PRO™ is a cornerstone of Grass Valley's Infinity Series line of IT-centric acquisition and workflow products.
September 9, 2005
Paris/Amsterdam (IBC — Stand 11.551), September 9, 2005 — Debuting a revolutionary new technology at IBC2005, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today debuted the Grass Valley™ brand Infinity™ Digital Media Camcorder, an IT-centric product that will transform and revolutionize ENG and EFP workflows. The next-generation acquisition system offers HD and SD agility, a choice of compression formats, support for multiple types of removable media, and integration readiness into an IT-centric workflow.
September 9, 2005
Paris/Amsterdam (IBC — Stand 11.551), September 9, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today debuted the new Grass Valley™ brand Infinity Digital Media Recorder, a key member of the Grass Valley Infinity Series, a revolutionary product line that designed to bring standard IT media and connectivity to professional applications.
September 9, 2005
Paris/Amsterdam (IBC — Stand 11.551), September 9, 2005 — Declaring an end to dictated formats and closed solutions that cause workflow inefficiencies and frustrate broadcasters and videographers, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced the Infinity™ Series, a new line of next-generation acquisition, recording and storage devices that give broadcasters and videographers the power of choice — in recording media, formats, compression codecs, and connectivity.

Ideal in any broadcast or professional application — newsgathering, documentaries, magazine shows, independent videography, field production, and more, the Infinity Series is a revolutionary approach to electronic news gathering (ENG) and electronic field production (EFP) digital workflows. It includes a digital media camcorder, a digital media recorder, and a new line of media and peripheral devices that bring cost-effective, non-linear solutions to recording and storage.

September 9, 2005
Paris/Amsterdam (IBC — Stand 11.551), September 9, 2005 — At IBC 2005, a host of leading broadcast applications developers announced their full support for the new Grass Valley™ brand K2™ multi-format media server/media client system from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS). The K2 system's out-of-the-box support for these software leaders' products enables the instant integration and control of the system within today's increasingly IT-based broadcast operations.
September 9, 2005
Paris/Amsterdam (IBC — Stand 11.551), September 9, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) has extended its agreement with DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading digital television service provider, to provide the Grass Valley™ ViBE MPEG-2 standard definition encoder, BroadMux and XMS eXtensible Management Systems™ to support the DIRECTV local into local expansion and improve its workflow.
August 24, 2005
Beijing, China (Beijing International Radio, TV and Equipment Exhibition, Stand 8B03), August 24, 2005 — Blending the latest advancements in IT technologies with its deep experience in video and audio processing, management and storage, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced the latest addition to its Emmy® Award-winning line of storage devices—the Grass Valley™ brand K2™ media server and media client system.
June 6, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., June 6, 2005 — In a move that overcomes the limitations of tape and today's removable storage solutions and makes standards-based, affordable storage media and workflows broadly accessible to the professional video and audio industry, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced an OEM and joint technology development agreement between its Grass Valley™ business and storage media leader Iomega® (NYSE: IOM).
May 17, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., May 17, 2005 — Making the recording, playout, and management of professional audio/video (ProAV) content easy, affordable, and integrated, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced the Grass Valley™ brand Turbo™ iDDR (intelligent digital disk recorder).
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth# SU7823), April 18, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) has announced the completion of a multiphase project to transition the NBN Television network studio facilities in Newcastle, New South Wales, to a streamlined, virtually tapeless workflow with a full complement of its Grass Valley™ brand digital news production (DNP) equipment. Broadcasting to one of Australia's largest geographical markets comprising of northern New South Wales and the Gold Coast, the network went live on the air with the Grass Valley DNP system in February.
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth# SU7823), April 18, 2005 — Enabling telecom operators to add interactive video applications to their existing data and voice capabilities to create triple play services, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) is delivering a remarkably compact and efficient streaming solution. The Grass Valley™ IPS 1200 is a broadband IP streamer with all the functionality required for rich content delivery in a 1RU chassis.
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth# SU7823), April 18, 2005 — Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) announced today that it has secured several camera orders for its Grass Valley™ digital production equipment and services. The company has received six significant orders for dozens of its Grass Valley standard- and high-definition (SD/HD) cameras, including the highly affordable LDK 300 (12-bit DSP), and LDK 500 (14-bit) SD cameras, the LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam multi-format HD camera, and the LDK 6200 HD SloMo camera.
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth# SU7823), April 18, 2005 — Strengthening its foothold in the Italian broadcast market, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) received €13.6 million in orders from three major Italian broadcasters, 3Zero2 TV, La7 Televisioni Spa and Videotime-Mediaset Group for its revolutionary Grass Valley™ equipment including switchers, media platforms, encoders, multiplexers, adapters, management systems and cameras.
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth# SU7823), April 18, 2005 — Continuing to solidify its leadership in digital post production, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced the latest member of its award-winning Spirit film scanning product, the Grass Valley™ Spirit 2K.
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth# SU7823), April 18, 2005 — Mobile production company Lyon Video, based in Columbus, Ohio, is showcasing its new high-definition (HD) Mobile Unit 6HD (MU-6) multi-format expando unit, with a full complement of Grass Valley™ multi-format production equipment from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB 2005) convention.
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth# SU7823), April 18, 2005 — Further solidifying its significant momentum in the Pacific region, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) has announced that Korean terrestrial broadcaster Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has purchased $1 million of its Grass Valley™ PVS 3500 Profile® 6G servers and Gecko™ modular products to upgrade the commercial playout facilities at five of its regional stations.
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth #SU7823), April 18, 2005 — Eumovil, a leading European OB (outside broadcast) company, based in Madrid, and its sister companies Media Movil and Medialuso have placed an order for Grass Valley™ multi-format cameras and switchers from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) valued at nearly $2.4 million to cover major sports and entertainment events.
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth# SU7823), April 18, 2005 — Embracing new production technology to streamline the handling of program and commercial content, independent station group Media General is now upgrading nine of its stations with Thomson's (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) Grass Valley™ Digital News Production (DNP) equipment. The substantial order for Grass Valley DNP equipment is part of Media General's effort to streamline news program production via a virtually tapeless and shared digital environment, with more Grass Valley products and systems to be purchased in the future.
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth# SU7823), April 18, 2005 — Eurasia Entertainment, has commissioned the Grass Valley™ Systems Group of Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) to build a HD-outside broadcast (OB) unit equipped with Grass Valley key components capable to drive up to 10 cameras.
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth# SU7823), April 18, 2005 — Continuing to lead the market with innovative workflow solutions, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) has implemented a unique remote splicing system which saves MultiChoice Africa a satellite delivery path from Europe to South Africa. The cost saving in cutting this satellite transponder means that the cost of the new system was recovered in little over one month.
April 18, 2005
Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention—Booth# SU7823), April 18, 2005 — Enjoying significant momentum for its digital production products and systems, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) announced that four out of five multiplexes created to broadcast the recently launched digital terrestrial television (DTT) in France have committed their digital facilities to its Grass Valley™ technology, with more than $1.5million in orders for its signal distribution products.
April 16, 2005
Las Vegas, Nevada (National Association of Broadcasters Convention-Booth #SU7823) April 16, 2005 — Leveraging its ability to touch more points of today's media and entertainment digital workflows than any other company, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today made a series of announcements related to its ongoing market-expansion efforts. These efforts include new Grass Valley™ brand products for digital film making, a digital-cinema server initiative and services to support digital cinema distribution, and IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) products to support digital in-home entertainment
March 14, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., March 14, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), today highlighted increased global momentum for its Grass Valley™ Viper Filmstream™ camera — including the first sale in Japan and the use of Viper on a children's program now airing on the Nickelodeon Jr. and CBS network in the U.S.
March 7, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., March 7, 2005 — For the fourth consecutive year, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) has been awarded the 2004 Market Engineering Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan. Based on a recent study by the growth consulting firm, the company's Grass Valley Profile® XP Media Platform server won in the "Compressed Broadcast Video Server Market" category.
March 1, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., March 1, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) is celebrating with the three biggest winners of the 2005 British Academy and Theatre Awards (BAFTAs) after its digital film technology helped propel The Aviator, Collateral and Vera Drake to scoop their prestigious awards. Post production for all three used Thomson's digital film workflow based around the Grass Valley™ Specter FS Virtual DataCine and Collateral (winner of the award for Best Cinematography) was shot almost exclusively on the Grass Valley Viper FilmStream™ camera from Thomson.
February 28, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., February 28, 2005 — Grass Valley™ brand digital equipment from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) once again played a major supporting role in the Academy Awards presentation. Grass Valley acquisition and production products helped deliver last night's high-definition (HD) telecast on ABC.
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — In a sweeping expansion of its digital news production technologies, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced its Grass Valley™ Aurora™ suite for digital news, sports, and feature production. Integrating ingest, nonlinear editing, and playlist-management functions, the suite scales to support everything from browse-quality files to standard- and high-definition (SD and HD) video.
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — Supporting the move by media leaders and audio visual professionals to increasingly IT-based facilities, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced two PC-based software packages that provide comprehensive monitoring and control for both their studio and production facilities as well as their digital content delivery systems: the Grass Valley™ brand NetCentral 4.1 facility-monitoring software and an expanded Grass Valley XMS network-management system.
January 24, 2005
Digital Delivery Systems Provide Worldwide Broadcasters With Mission-Critical Platform For Reliability, High Quality, Easy Service Expansion
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — Extending its digital cinematography and post-production leadership, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE:TMS) today announced the Grass Valley™ brand Venom™ FlashPak solid-state recording system for the popular Grass Valley™ Viper FilmStream™ Digital Cinematography Camera.
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — Building on the tremendous market enthusiasm across broadcast and professional audio visual markets for its Grass Valley™ KayakDD™ switcher line, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced the Grass Valley™ brand Kayak HD™ 2 M/E switcher for high-definition (HD) production.
January 24, 2005
Mobile Veteran National Mobile Television First To Adopt Grass Valley OnCall Program
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — Continuing to bring the world some of the most advanced camera technologies, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced two digital transmission systems for its popular line of Grass Valley™ brand LDK standard definition (SD) cameras.
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — Addressing the needs of television groups and news operations with fixed capital budgets and the need to find new revenue streams as well as secure top ratings in their markets, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced the Grass Valley™ Ignite™ integrated production line of systems—the first and most complete link between the control room and newsroom as well as next-generation automation software for the operation and control of the Ignite systems.
January 24, 2005
Major European Operators Expand HD Capabilities with Grass Valley Cameras, Production Switchers, Routers, Modular Products
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — Broadening its Emmy® award-winning camera line for broadcasters, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced two new Grass Valley™ brand cameras: the LDK 4000 for affordable, single-format high-definition (HD) production; and the LDK 400 ITW, a 14-bit camera that supports a wide range of standard-definition (SD) uses.
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — Continuing to broaden its portfolio of products to provide an easy, affordable transition to digital signal processing and distribution, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) announced a new, flexible architecture and HD support for its Grass Valley™ brand Gecko™ signal processing product line—and an expansion of its Grass Valley Acappella™ utility router line.
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE:TMS) today announced two significant orders for its Grass Valley™ brand transmission products, valued at more than €8.5 million. NTL Broadcast, and Telecom Media Italia, have each committed their extensive multi-channel digital delivery infrastructures to a significant amount of Thomson's award-winning Grass Valley ViBE technology.
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — As media leaders accelerate the launch of their digital multi-distribution strategies, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today outlined a new initiative to support the new digital workflow requirements of these customers.
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — Strengthening its foothold in the rapidly developing Asian post-production market, Thomson, (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE:TMS), has delivered nearly €12 million in Grass Valley™ brand datacine equipment orders in that region.
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — Going far beyond the post-sales support that equipment manufacturers traditionally offer to broadcasters, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453: NYSE: TMS), today announced the Grass Valley™ OnCall™ service level agreement (SLA) which is designed to limit broadcasters exposure to potential equipment failures and to manage unplanned service costs.
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005 — Extending its tradition of post-production excellence, Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE:TMS) today announced key enhancements to its Grass Valley™ brand products that will enrich its digital post-production workflows.
January 24, 2005
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., January 25, 2005Thomson (Euronext Paris 18453; NYSE: TMS) announced that it has recently received major orders valued at more than €20 million to equip high-definition (HD) mobile production units in Germany, Russia and Spain with Grass Valley™ brand cameras, production switchers, routers and modular products.
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