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ABCNews Selects Grass Valley Equipment from Thomson

?World News Tonight? digital facility gets makeover (December 06, 2004)

In support of its newest digital production studio, TV-3, in New York City, ABCNews has installed a full complement of Grass Valley brand digital production and distribution equipment from Thomson, the world leader in integrated solutions (technologies, equipment, and services) to the entertainment and media industries.

The new studio, which serves as the new home to the networks highly rated ?World News Tonight, as well as other high-profile ABCNews programs, went live on the air in July.

Among the fully compatible, multi-format equipment supplied by Thomson are a Grass Valley Kalypso Duo Video Production Center, two Apex 512 audio routing switchers; Trinix 512 and Trinix 256 video routers; and numerous Kameleon wideband and Gecko conversion modules. ABCNews has also purchased the Grass Valley Jupiter router control system with Encore interface for the Kalypso, and Grass Valley Newton control system to manage its modular conversion products.

?ABCNews clearly understands the benefits of going digital and has been an industry leader in the transition thus far, said Marc Valentin, president, Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions. ?It gives us great pleasure to help ABCNews make the next logical move to standard- and high-definition digital production technology from Thomson for its signature programs.

ABC also operates two additional digital studios in New York.

About the Products
The Grass Valley Kalypso Duo Video Production Center is the only switcher than can be upgraded from standard- to high-definition (SD to HD) with a simple software installation. It features the familiar Kalypso user interface, control panel, and advanced production technologies, making it instantly familiar to operators worldwide.

The Trinix digital video routing switcher family can handle SD and HD signals, from 3 Mb/s to 1. 5 Gb/s, in the same frame. Available in three dense, fixed-frame sizes, the Trinix family features efficient and redundant cooling, proactive status monitoring, and front-loading, hot-swappable modules for easy servicing.

The multi-format Apex audio router is designed to be the perfect complement to the Trinix system, and is the highest density and most highly reliable audio router available for large-scale infrastructures; with a dozen design-related patents pending.

About Thomson
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) is the leading provider of technology and service solutions for integrated entertainment and media companies. By capitalizing on and expanding its leadership positions at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology, Thomson provides end-to-end solutions to content creators, video network operators, manufacturers and retailers through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, THOMSON and RCA brands. For more information:

Thomson's Video Network Solutions division develops video and film technologies, products and services sold to all major Hollywood studios, all major television, satellite, and cable broadcasters under the Technicolor and Grass Valley brand-names for the delivery of analog and digital entertainment. The division also includes Thomson's Broadband Access Products Business, which develops technologies and products for broadband and telecommunication networks to deliver digital entertainment and data to consumers and businesses.

For information about Grass Valley products from Thomson please visit


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