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Digital television with DIRECTV
Thomson multimedia has worked in partnership with DIRECTV,
a U.S digital satellite broadcast system operator, since the early
1990s for the launch of the first DBS (Direct
Broadcast Satellite) service. In November 1998, the scope of the
partnership was expanded from digital satellite systems and set-top
boxes in order to develop the new generation of interactive digital
televisions and related services and to promote digital television
in the U.S.
In June 2000, Thomson multimedia joined forces with DIRECTV and
Microsoft to launch a new advanced RCA DIRECTV
set-top box with the new Microsoft Ultimate TV service.
This new system is the first and only broadcast satellite television
plateform that integrates DIRECTV programming, digital video recording,
interactive television and Internet access in one complete package.