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Thomson offers early look at new RCA-DIRECTV® high-definition receiver designed to deliver optimum performance programming from DIRECTV, digital over-the-air, and analog broadcasts

New Model, Set for Year-end Introduction, to Incorporate Secure Digital Interface Plus Consumer-Friendly Electronic Program Guide

LAS VEGAS, August 8, 2002 - Thomson (Paris Euronext: 18453) (NYSE: TMS) provided attendees at the annual conference of the Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association a glimpse at a new-generation RCA-DIRECTV® High-Definition receiver designed to assure consumers of optimum reception from the broadest range of today’s digital programming as well as standard over-the-air broadcasts. The unit is also equipped with secure digital interfaces.

"The approach we will take with the RCA DTC200 focuses on a user-friendly, high-performance solution for consumers who want to experience the excitement of full HDTV programming from various signal sources as well as those seeking the optimum home entertainment enjoyment from their existing analog TVs," said Thomson’s David Spomer, Vice President-Digital Decoder Product Management. "We are confident this new model will provide the ideal solution for the latest in digital entertainment."

Outstanding consumer advantages of the DTC200 (suggested retail price $699) will include the DIRECTV® ADVANCED PROGRAM GUIDE with up to seven-day listings of both terrestrial and DIRECTV® satellite programming, allowing a seamless transition when switching between satellite and over-the-air broadcasts. A new high-speed guide-surfing function will assure fast-response program searches by names of actors, movies and other one-step search fields. A video window in the guide will enable viewers to continue watching a program while surfing through the listings, or consumers may choose to utilize the Quick Guide which displays listings one 30-minute time slot at a time in an opaque overlay located across the top of the screen.

HDTV Receiver
The DTC200 will incorporate a secure digital DVI-HDTV output with HDCP copy protection technology to insure that uncompressed video signals from digital sources are optimized, resulting in the best picture possible for HDTV programming. In addition to the standard complement of connections, the DTC200 will feature both coaxial and optical Dolby Digital® outputs, RGB+HV (15-pin D sub) and component video outputs.

The versatile DTC200 will also offer selectable outputs for display of all HDTV formats -- 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Maximum performance will be achieved by matching any digital TV monitor’s native resolution - LCD, plasma, DLP or CRT based. Additionally, the DTC200 will simultaneously output480i, enabling connection to an analog TV or standard VCR in addition to digital components.

Certain statements in this press release, including any discussion of management expectations for future periods, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements due to changes in global economic, business, competitive market and regulatory factors. More detailed information on the potential factors that could affect the financial results of Thomson is contained in Thomson’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Thomson
With sales of 10.5 billion Euros (U.S. $9.3 billion) in 2001 and 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson multimedia (Paris Euronext: 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 under the THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names. For more information:

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