Addressing new needs
Digital Media Solution (DMS) is strategic for the development of
Thomson multimedia. In order to address the needs in technology,
systems and services of digital media, Thomson multimedia has made
several key investments and established new industrial partnerships,
in the area of network technology, professional broadcast and content
In June 2000, Thomson multimedia has joined forces with Alcatel
to create Nextream, a leader
in interactive video networks. Nextream regroups the 2 groups' activities
in MPEG network products, multimedia head-ends and HFC (Hybrid Fiber
Coax) solutions for cable TV networks. Nextream is leader in Europe
for the interactive multimedia terminals.
Professional broadcast equipment
In marc 2001, Thomson multimedia has completed the acquisition
of professional broadcast activities of Philips. The new entity,
which includes the previous professional broadcast activities
from Thomson broadcast systems, Philips Professional Broadcast
is called Thomson multimedia Broadcast Solutions. Together with
Nextream, it addresses end-to-end needs of the businesses which
operate in the digital media chain. Thomson multimedia Broadcast
Solutions had a proforma turnover of over 400 million Euros of
sales in 2000 and employed 1,600 people. The new entity is leader
in its market in Europe and N°2 world-wide.
Technicolor is the world leader in services to the media and content
industries, including processing and distributing motion picture
film. It is the largest independent manufacturer and distributor
of DVD digital discs and distributor of video cassettes.
Technicolor is also a leader in the development of Digital Cinema through the formation of a joint venture with Qualcomm and has developed digital rights management services to and with its clients.
To build streaming media capabilities, Thomson multimedia purchased
a company that helps search engines identify audio and video streams
as well as mp3 audio files.