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Electronic program guides with GEMSTAR

In 1997, Thomson multimedia and GEMSTAR formed a joint venture called Television Data Network Inc. to market electronic program guides. The electronic program guides uses GEMSTAR's GuidePlus+ technology, a system embedded in the television set allowing the viewer to access electronic program guide service. By the end of December 2000, a total of 4 million of Thomson multimedia's products featuring GuidePlus+ were in the market.

At the beginning of 2000, Thomson multimedia announced the extension of the advertising supported electronic program guide service. Moreover, the Group entered into a new strategic agreement with GEMSTAR to extend cooperation on electronic program guides in the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, the business is renamed @TV MEDIA.

Finally, Thomson multimedia and GEMSTAR are involved in the development of digital book (ebook) products and services. With e-books, users will be able to connect to on-line libraries to download content, including novels, newspapers, magazines

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On screen Guide+ from GEMSTAR