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Grass Valley HD Production Equipment Covers ?Final Four Weekends for CBS Sports and ESPN

F&F Productions and NEP Supershooters both had their respective all-digital production trucks on site (March 30, 2006)

Grass Valley high-definition digital production equipment, including HD cameras, switchers, servers, routers and modular products, were used by two major mobile production companies to help CBS Sports broadcast cover the highly rated Final Four Weekend of the NCAA Division I Mens College Basketball tournament, as well as the Womens event, for ESPN.

F&F Productions and NEP Supershooters both had their respective all-digital production trucks on site in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, beginning on April 1, to televise different aspects of the three main games. The Mens HD telecast was presented in 1080i, the CBS networks HD format of choice.

F&F Productions, based in Clearview, Fla., operated its GTX14 truck, which is built around a Grass Valley Kalypso HD production switcher, Trinix and Concerto routers, and 2 four-channel Grass Valley Profile PVS 2000 HD video servers.

NEP Supershooters, located in Pittsburgh, dispatched its SS-27 truck, which includes a Grass Valley Kalypso HD switcher, more than a dozen LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam cameras, a Trinix video routing switcher, Concerto Series audio routing switcher and an assortment of Gecko and Kameleon signal conversion modules.

NEP also covered the Final Four Weekend of the NCAA Division I Womens College Basketball tournament For ESPN, live from Banknorth Garden arena, in Boston, Mass., beginning April 2. The company sent its SS-20 and SS-28 mobile production trucks, each equipped with a Kalypso production switcher, Trinix router and multiple WorldCam HD cameras. The telecasts were broadcast in the 720p HD format, using the same model LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam cameras as the CBS shoot in 1080i HD.

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Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides services, systems and technology 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.

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Thomson's Systems and Equipment 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 Thomson's Access Platforms and Gateways Business, which develops technologies and products for broadband and telecommunication networks to deliver digital entertainment and data to consumers and businesses.

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