Thomson joins Open IPTV Forum

July 17, 2008

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PARIS -- Underscoring its commitment to open standards in emerging technologies and media platforms Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), the worldwide leader in video solutions, has become a full member of the Open IPTV Forum.

The aim of the Forum is to promote IPTV by making it easy for consumers to experience and enjoy it, ensuring interactivity between all devices, networks and technologies. Leveraging its expertise in end-to-end IPTV solutions including network platforms and home devices, Thomson joins forces with other telecom industry leaders in defining standards for delivering new advanced multimedia services and shaping the future of the broadband market.

The Open IPTV Forum is a pan-industry initiative, formed in 2007 by the world’s largest operators and equipment vendors, to produce end to end specifications for IPTV, enabling a “plug and play” experience for users, without concerns about the underlying technologies. This includes interoperability of devices within the home environment and with third party applications to enable a wide range of interactive services for the user. To achieve this ease of use in a complex application such as IPTV is challenging, and depends on comprehensive, well specified and open standards.

“We see the Open IPTV Forum as the right body to be developing these standards, with a critical mass of key players behind it” said Patrick Montliaud, Senior Vice President of Thomson’s Networks and Integration Solutions business unit. “By becoming a member of the Open IPTV Forum, we are committing significant engineering resources to make the necessary open standards a reality and to open up the true potential of IPTV.”

Thomson S.A. (NYSE: TMS; Euronext Paris: 18453)

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