United States‘ Leading Satellite Service Provider Expands Headend Capabilities
And Channel Choices with ViBE Encoding Platform from Thomson
Paris/Nevada City, Calif., November 13, 2006 — DIRECTV, the United States‘ leading satellite television service provider, has placed an order, valued at nearly $8 million (US) for new Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) Grass Valley™ MPEG-2 compression equipment, to significantly expand the capabilities of its broadcast complex.
“DIRECTV has been a long-time and loyal customer of Grass Valley compression products because of the proven system reliability and flexibility they provide,” said Marc Valentin, president of the Grass Valley business within Thomson. “We‘re committed to maintaining this important technology partnership as a key supplier to DIRECTV and helping to grow the company‘s business in a careful and cost-effective way.”
“As our customers demand more choice, including high-definition programming and other services, DIRECTV continues to upgrade its systems to accommodate this significant growth,” said Don Jones, vice president, Broadcast Operations, DIRECTV, Inc. “The Grass Valley ViBE platform allows us to do that while maintaining and even improving our picture quality.”
DIRECTV first turned to Grass Valley and the ViBE platform in 2003 to expand its local-into-local service. It placed additional orders earlier this year.
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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:
Thomson’s *Systems *division develops video and film technologies, products and services sold to all major Hollywood studios, all major television, satellite, and cable broadcasters under the Grass Valley brand-name for the delivery of analog and digital entertainment. The division also includes the Thomson Premises Systems Business Unit, which
provides IP, satellite, cable and terrestrial premises systems as well as consumer networks systems, and the Network Intelligence Solutions organization, which develops software solutions for network operators.
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