Three New Models, Planned for Year-end Introduction, Provide Broad Variety of Entertainment Options and Features Access To More Than 225 Channels of DIRECTV® Programs
LAS VEGAS, August 8, 2002 - Further enhancing its leadership position in satellite home entertainment, Thomson (Paris Euronext: 18453) (NYSE: TMS) is offering a glimpse at a new generation of RCA-DIRECTV systems this week during the annual conference of the Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Association. The three new models include convenience features such as Caller ID capability and the DIRECTV® ADVANCED PROGRAM GUIDE for easy access to favorite programs.
The three models include DIRECTV INTERACTIVE powered by Wink Communications®, an interactive television service that enables viewers to access up-to-the-minute news, sports, financial information and weather, get program trivia, or respond to free offers and shop.
"These RCA-DIRECTV systems will offer the consumer the broadest range of video content along with convenience features like Caller ID display capability and local-channel reception (where available)," said Thomson’s David Spomer, Vice President -Digital Decoder Product Management. "The viewer can choose from an entire family of satellite home entertainment systems, all of which utilize advanced technologies to deliver more than 225 channels of DIRECTV® programming options."
The new RCA-DIRECTV models - all of which feature a sleek new contemporary design --are the DRD486RH (suggested retail price $199), the DRD455RH (suggested retail price $149) and the DRD435RH (suggested retail price $99). Each of the three set-tops will be sold as a stand-alone receiver or as a system which includes a dish/antenna. Two satellite dish/antennae are currently available. A new model, the DSA8900H, is an 18"X20" DIRECTV Multi-Satellite model with integrated triple LNB Multi-Switch (suggested retail price $150). Also available is the standard 18" wide dish (suggested retail price $50). (DIRECTV services are sold separately from RCA satellite receivers).
All models feature Caller ID capability, displaying the phone numbers of incoming calls on the TV screen (when Caller ID service is provided by local telephone company), and the DIRECTV® ADVANCED PROGRAM GUIDE which enables viewers to search program listings up to seven days in advance while viewing an active channel in the picture window. For convenience, the three receivers include a 42-button Universal IR remote control with illuminated device keys.
The ADVANCED PROGRAM GUIDE stores up to seven days of program information (up to three days in DRD435RH) and enables the viewer to search the entire channel guide while viewing an active channel in the picture window. The guide provides channel and program title information for seven different channels covering up to a two-hour time window, and arrows indicate programs starting before or ending after the time shown on the grid.
In addition to the new guide, the systems’ Interactive Channel Banner offers an exciting feature called Viewing Suggestions. This feature presents a list of recommended programs based on the consumer’s actual viewing history or by a variety of Topic and Theme categories chosen by the viewer. The consumer has the ability to view the suggestions, disable or enable the learning capability, and to edit and prioritize the Topic and Theme categories manually.
Along with Viewing Suggestions, convenience features include The Guardian, enabling parents to lock out specific channels and set rating and spending limits and Scout which searches the entire program guide to find matches to eight key words or phrases that the viewer enters.
Additional features are Component Output (Y Pr Pb) for optimum video resolution (DRD486RH), One-Button VCR Record capability (DRD486RH, DRD455RH), Auxiliary RF remote antenna input (DRD486RH), Dolby Digital Output (DRD486RH, coaxial and optical; RD455RH, optical). All three systems feature Two Sets of A/V Output Jacks, S-Video Output, Phone Jack Connectors, RF In/Out Connectors with CH ¾ Switch, and Satellite In Connector.
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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: www.thomson-multimedia.com.
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