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Thomson previews new RCA High-Definition Set-top Receiver designed to deliver optimum performance programming from terrestrial broadcast sources

New Model to Incorporate Secure Digital Interface Plus Consumer-Friendly, High-Performance Solutions for Latest In Digital Home Entertainment

Minneapolis, September 28, 2002 - Thomson (Paris Euronext: 18453) (NYSE: TMS) is providing an early glimpse of a new-generation RCA-brand High-Definition set-top receiver at the annual conference of CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association) being held here this week. The set-top product is designed to assure optimum reception from the broadest range of today's digital programming. The unit is also equipped with a secure digital interface, the DVI-HDTV connection with HDCP copy protection.

The new model is the RCA ATSC10 over-the-air (ATSC) receiver (suggested retail price $549) scheduled for retail introduction at year-end 2002.

"With this high-definition RCA receiver, we are offering user-friendly, high-performance solutions for consumers who want to experience the excitement of full HDTV programming from terrestrial signal sources to bring HDTV programming home to an HDTV monitor," said Thomson's Rodger Keeney, General Manager, Strategic Business Operations. "We are confident the ATSC10 will meet the growing demand for the latest in digital entertainment."

The receiver 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 receiver will feature both coaxial and optical Dolby Digital® outputs, RGB+HV (15-pin D sub) and high-definition component video outputs for set-top sources to feed HDTV monitors. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, consumers are expected to buy more than 2 million HDTV products this year - mostly HDTV monitors."

The versatile receiver offers a variety of outputs for display of all digital TV formats -- 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Maximum performance will be achieved by matching any digital TV monitor's native resolution - whether based on fixed-pixel or cathode ray tube (CRT) technology. Additionally, the receiver will simultaneously output 480i, enabling connection to an analog TV for easy time-shift home recording.

The ATSC10 set-top for ATSC reception from local broadcasters will feature a consumer-friendly on-screen menu system with support for Favorite Channel and Closed Caption functions and a universal remote control for ease of navigation and operation.


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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 managementís 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 and business conditions, consumer electronics markets, and regulatory factors. More detailed information on the potential factors that could affect the financial results of Thomson is contained in Thomsonís 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 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.


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