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Thomson will drive deployment of Thomson cable set-top boxes in German market
November 18, 2005
PARIS -- Thomson (Euronext Paris:18453)(NYSE:TMS), today announced that its DCI1500G cable set-top box is deployable on the network of Kabel Deutschland, Germany's leading cable operator and has been certified compliant by Pay-TV operator Premiere. Thomson has thus demonstrated its ability to provide best-in-class set-top box technology for the migration to all-digital cable TV across Germany. Thomson will begin rolling out the DCI1500G model to cable subscribers in Q1/2006. The launch of this product reaffirms Thomson's strategic priority of delivering cutting-edge devices and solutions to its media and entertainment client base.
The Thomson DCI1500G solution offers KDG cable customers a cost-effective and value-added set-top box and underlines KDG's desire to lead the migration to digital cable TV in Germany which is due to be completed by 2010 as mandated by the German government. With over 19 million homes connected to cable TV services, Germany has Europe's largest cable subscriber base. To support the expansion of KDG's digital cable packages, Thomson will launch the set-top box into electronics retailers throughout the country.
Frederic Kurkjian, Vice President of the worldwide cable business activity within Thomson's Systems and Equipment Division; "With some 10 million homes connected in Germany, KDG is Europe's largest network operator and has exciting and ambitious plans to deliver digital services to their customer base. As a leading global provider of triple-play-over-cable solutions, Thomson is ideally positioned to help KDG deliver on this vision."
"Having the right set-top box technology available to customers is a critical component for the successful development of enhanced all-digital services via our cable network," said Manuel Cubero, Managing Director at Kabel Deutschland GmbH. We are happy to welcome Thomson to the growing German cable market. Thomson's in-depth understanding of the digital set-top box market and multiple play technologies will also help us to realise our commitments to new services such as the seamless bundling of voice, video and data, High Definition TV and PVR (Personal Video Recording)."
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