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More Than 240 Grass Valley K2 Server Systems Sold

New media server and client system proving highly popular (January 30, 2006)

The Grass Valley a business within Thomson announced today that more than 240 new Grass Valley K2 media server and media client systems have been shipped since their availability in Q4 2005. The next-generation Grass Valley server system is enjoying significant sales among both existing users of the Grass Valley Profile XP Media Platform servers and new customers that want to streamline their digital file ingest and playout capabilities.

Offering the ability to easily share and reuse digital media assets, the open-standards based K2 system delivers the high capacity, throughput, concurrency, and availability that media-driven environments demand?all while maintaining the reliability, redundancy, and scalability for which Grass Valley is known. The result is a system that supports, IT-centric, file-based playout and distribution workflows, simplifies installation and operation, and provides new levels of network control?all at nearly half the cost of other servers.

Designed for high-definition (HD) bandwidths, the K2 system is available in two standard forms: a standard-definition (SD)-only system that supports four bi-directional channels at up to 50 Mb/s and a two-channel version that can be configured for HD and SD and has the option of adding two more input or output channels. The system includes AES and embedded audio and is capable of passing through Dolby E and AC3.

The Grass Valley K2 media client and media server systems directly support key elements of the Thomson Two Year Plan, which identifies electronic content distribution and an acceleration of delivery of leading IP- and IT-based technologies as key growth drivers.

?Grass Valley has leveraged all of its vast experience in media storage and file distribution to provide a new class of server that addresses a variety of production applications, said Marc Valentin, president of the Grass Valley business within Thomson. ?Over the years, customers have come to relay heavily on Grass Valley server technology to grow their business and, with significant early sales results, its clear the new K2 server will continue that tradition.

Third-Party Automation Support
Industry leading automation, archive, and other software companies are supporting the K2 system, including Crispin, Sundance, Omnibus, Florical, Harris/Encoda, Dayang, SGT, Konan, Pebble Beach, Pharos, IBIS, SGL, Front Porch Digital, Masstech, Telestream, and others, enabling instant integration and control within todays increasing IT-based broadcast operations.

About Thomson - Partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries
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 Broadband Access Products 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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