Thomson provides HD set-top boxes to Orange

Monday, July 27th, 2009 
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High definition functionality added to hybrid set-top box for IP, terrestrial and satellite television and content on demand

PARIS, France — Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS), a worldwide leader in services to content creators, has started deliveries of a new version of its hybrid terrestrial/IPTV/satellite HD set-top box to Orange (Paris & NYSE: FTE) for its television service. The set-top box will support both free-to-air and subscription television services, as well as interactive and on-demand content.

With this new HD device, subscribers can use Orange Television’s catch-up TV service and its extensive library of video on demand content, including those available in high definition, through a seamless interface.

The product has been developed by Thomson to fully comply with Orange’s security solutions and requirements, providing optimum protection of content accessed by subscribers.

“Thanks to Thomson’s expertise in broadcast and IPTV, along with our market leadership in set-top boxes, we have an exhaustive understanding of how to best tailor our offering to our customers’ needs” said Frédéric Rose, Chairman and CEO of Thomson. “Orange is a long-time customer, to whom we have been supplying set-top boxes and other devices for many years. We are pleased to launch this innovative device which combines high definition quality, interactivity and on demand services, allowing Orange to propose an attractive offer to end-users.”