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Enhanced video performance for Xbox gaming and DVD options add new functionality to RCA televisions

New Range of Specialty TVs Ideal for Xbox Gaming, Movies in the Kitchen, and Travel with the Kids

LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2002 - A new series of RCA televisions designed to enhance the playing experience on the Xbox video game system from Microsoft is being developed by Thomson multimedia (Paris Euroclear: 18453) (NYSE: TMS). The new line of analog TV sets incorporate a unique Xbox component video connection port that enables the TV to deliver dramatically improved picture detail for Xbox functions. This new connection takes advantage of the Xbox system's ability to output component video signal levels, and feeds the signal through a single connection cable.

More than 15 different RCA TV models will feature the new Xbox connection in 2002, under a two-year exclusive agreement with Microsoft.

"The component video connection allows for a simple one plug solution to an Xbox. Xbox reproduces shading, textures and smoke effects never before seen on a gaming console, and we believe our new line of RCA TVs with the Xbox connection will be the best TV sets on the market for viewing these rich graphic details of Xbox," commented Vic Theobalds, Worldwide Value TV Product Planning Manager, Thomson multimedia.

In addition to an Xbox connection point, the jack also doubles as a second component video input, which allows users to simultaneously connect two devices with component outputs, such as both a DVD player and satellite receiver.

The product lineup includes 20-inch, 27-inch, 32-inch and 36-inch screen sizes in both flat and non-flat picture tube configurations. Other key features of select value TV models include a three-line digital comb filter, Gemstar Interactive TV Guide, twin tuner Picture-In-Picture (selected models), Clip'On screen frame that lets the user change the look of the set (20-inch and
27-inch flat models) and a front headphone jack (selected 20-inch and
27-inch models).

The sets are scheduled for introduction in the second half of the year.

DVD and TV Together

Thomson is expanding its RCA specialty television offerings to include integrated DVD players. Scheduled for introduction this spring are an under-the-counter TV/DVD unit for the kitchen and a mobile TV with DVD for the car.

The under-the-counter LCD TV with DVD, CD and AM-FM radio is a contemporary-styled unit with a 5.6-inch fold-down color LCD TV that mounts under the kitchen counter or office shelves. Model BLD548 features a swivel easy-clean TV screen, built-in clock, and a one-touch button to toggle between the TV and an external video source, or optional security camera. The DVD player has a high quality signal processor to eliminate digital artifacts. The CD player has CD-R/mp3 playback capability, and features both built-in stereo speakers, and the ability to use optional ceiling speakers or provide output to customized home in-wall audio systems. The unit comes complete with an easy-clean matching magnetized remote control that can attach to a docking area on the unit, or to most refrigerator doors. Suggested retail price is $499.

A similar under-the-counter LCD TV with CD player and AM-FM radio is currently available at select retailers. This unit, model BLC524 (white finish) and model BLC528 (silver finish) has the same features as the DVD version. It carries a suggested retail price of $449.

To make long car trips more enjoyable for parents and children, Thomson is offering two RCA-brand mobile video players. The RCA LD774 (available Spring 2002, suggested retail price $579) plays DVD, audio CD, CD-R/mp3 and video CD and features a 7-inch widescreen color LCD high-contrast screen. The RCA BLV552 (available now, suggested retail price $449) plays VHS tapes and features a 5.6-inch color active matrix display.


Both units feature a fold-down view screen and buckle easily for safety between back seat riders. The panel clusters are backlit for easy access and all the jacks are located behind the screen, keeping the cables away from viewers. The players offer a complete array of audio/video input and outputs for connecting an additional VCR, video games, video, camera or accessory screen. An expansion A/V port with DC power enables the attachment of an additional video screen with stereo audio. The units operate via a car cigarette lighter cord and AC power (both cords included). Built-in dual speakers and dual headphone jacks are also featured (headphones not included).


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This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding prospects for the future that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual income to differ materially from those expected are the following: business conditions and general economic conditions; competitive factors such as pricing and marketing efforts of rival companies; timing of product introductions; ability of contract manufacturers to meet product price objectives and delivery schedules; legislative, regulatory, and industry initiatives that may affect planned or actual product features and marketing methods; and the pace and success of product research and development. For more information on the potential factors that could affect the company's financial income, please review the relevant SEC filings.

 

About Thomson Multimedia
With sales of 9.1 billion euros (U.S. $ 8.3 billion) in 2000 and 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson multimedia (Paris Euroclear: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), provides a wide range of video (and enabling) technologies, systems, finished products and services to consumers and professionals in the entertainment and media industries. To advance and enable the digital media transition, Thomson multimedia has five principal activities: Digital Media Solutions, Displays and Components, Consumer Products, Patents and Licensing and New Media Services. The company distributes its products and services under the THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names.
For more information: www.thomson-multimedia.com.

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