Thomson multimedia's RCA DWD495RG assures viewers always have favorite
programs to watch with up to 70 hours of recording capability
New RCA®-DIRECTV™ Receiver with UltimateTV Service Provides
Consumers With Direct Path To Instant Home Entertainment Enjoyment
LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2002 - Thomson multimedia
(Paris Euroclear: 18453) (NYSE: TMS) is working to assure that
the consumer will always have something good to watch on television
with the introduction of the DWD495RG RCA®-DIRECTV set-top
receiver with UltimateTV service from Microsoft. The DWD495RG
(suggested retail price $399), with a hard-disc drive that records
up to 70 hours of DIRECTV programming*, increases two-fold the
capacity of prior models to capture a favorite program at the
touch of a button.
"Whether it's a season full of professional football, the
college basketball playoffs, several of your favorite movies,
or a popular prime time series, the DWD495RG offers the viewer
a direct path to instant entertainment," said Thomson's Dave
Spomer, Vice President - Digital Decoders. "We think of the
DWD495RG as the big brother to the RCA DWD490RE (suggested retail
price $299) which records up to 35 hours of programming."
The DWD495RG is the second RCA-DIRECTV Receiver with UltimateTV
service capability to be offered by Thomson. In 2001, the company
introduced the DWD490RE, the first direct broadcast satellite
TV platform to combine dual-tuner DIRECTV programming reception,
digital video recording, Internet access and interactive TV in
a single integrated receiver.
(DIRECTV programming and UltimateTV service are sold separately
Defying conventional thought, the DWD495RG is a product that
provides all elements of home entertainment in a single, convenient
package - the best in satellite programming, the ability to customize
viewing selections and the ability to watch a favorite program
at any chosen time.
The DWD495RG and the DWD490RE combine built-in hard-disk drives
with two DIRECTV digital satellite tuners. One-touch video recording
and live television controls such as pause, rewind, skip back,
or slow motion put the viewer in control of program action. In
addition, consumers can also fast-forward and skip ahead through
previously recorded programming. This means that viewers may never
miss a single scene from favorite shows.
Both satellite receivers are capable of delivering live Picture-in-Picture,
enabling consumers to watch one show while recording another or
even record two shows at the same time.** Since many of today's
most-watched programs are aired at the same time, this feature
means the viewer will never have to sacrifice one favorite show
The UltimateTV service was developed by Microsoft Corp., leaders
in the development and delivery of enhanced TV services. UltimateTV
brings together live TV broadcast controls, digital video recording,
MSN TV Internet service and enhanced television features to create
an outstanding television experience. Microsoft UltimateTV is
previewing its latest service upgrade at the Consumer Electronics
Show, which promises major new enhancements and capabilities.
Viewer choice is a major advantage of the new system as the receiver
incorporates the DIRECTV Advanced Program Guide (APG) that
enables consumers to access up to 14 days of DIRECTV program listings.
The entire guide can be easily searched by key word or by category
such as comedy, adventure or mystery to locate a desired program.
With the touch of a button on the remote control, consumers can
automatically record a program on the hard-disk drive for viewing
at their leisure. Programs can be easily transferred to a VHS
* Actual recording time may vary depending on the type of programming
** For full functionality, this receiver requires connection
of two satellite inputs from a dual output RCA DIRECTV dish/antenna.
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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
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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
For more information: www.thomson-multimedia.com.
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