Thomson provides new form factor STBs to Malaysia's Astro

Monday, May 11th, 2009 
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Malaysia-based satellite broadcaster continues long-term relationship with Thomson

PARIS — Thomson (Euronext Paris:18453; NYSE: TMS), worldwide leader of services to content creators, has won a further contract from Astro, Malaysia’s leading integrated cross-media group. The new contract is for the ongoing delivery of standard definition basic set-top boxes in a new form factor.

Astro TV has about 2.65 million customers in Malaysia, all currently receiving standard definition using the MPEG-2 set-top boxes.

“This is another important milestone in our relationship with Astro, and I am delighted to welcome this new order,” said Frederic Kurkjian, Senior Vice President Thomson Connect Sales. “It is yet another demonstration of our ability to bring platforms to the market, and we look forward to continuing to work with Astro throughout this project to bring the best DTH Pay TV services and technical quality to its customers, in Malaysia and throughout Asia.”

Thomson has a long and successful relationship with Astro, providing many of its set-top box platforms. The deliveries of the new set-top box, which comes in a new design, are beginning immediately.