iMagicTV and Thomson multimedia complete product integration to accelerate broadband TV over DSL adoption
June 3, 2002

by -- Broadcaster Magazine

Saint John, NB, - iMagicTV, a provider of software platforms and applications that allow telephone companies and other service providers to deliver interactive multi-channel television and other multimedia services over high-speed broadband networks, and Thomson multimedia, a leading provider of home entertainment products and services, announce the completion of the integration of iMagicTV's middleware platform with Thomson's RCA DSL1500 Gateway Decoder. The combined solution gives service providers an innovative and proven means to deliver a full bundle of services that include voice, video and data over their existing networks.

This product integration is the first of its kind for the Thomson DSL1500 and is a result of a joint development and marketing relationship with iMagicTV. The two companies continue to expand their joint marketing, promotions, sales and product development activities to provide comprehensive support to telecommunications carriers worldwide.

"iMagicTV's flexible and deployed DTV Manager has proven to be an effective choice for integration into the Thomson Gateway platform," said David Spomer, vice president - digital decoder product management, Thomson. "Together, we deliver a complete, market-ready interactive television platform that enables network operators to offer consumers competitive broadband services bundles such as broadcast and on-demand video, music and other interactive entertainment and data applications."

DTV Manager is iMagicTV's flagship product. It is an integrated software platform for the management of multi-channel television, Video-on-Demand and other interactive services backed by administrative and operations software that enables telecom service providers to compete in the delivery of television and other multimedia services. iMagicTV's DTV Manager is commercially deployed globally with service providers such as Aliant in Canada and Kingston Communications in the UK.

The RCA DSL1500 delivers compelling video and music experiences like on-demand home theatre and the convenience of high-speed Internet surfing, shopping and mail via the television set. This set top box not only serves as an interactive home entertainment system, but as the gateway for the delivery of broadband services throughout the home, with its integrated routing, home networking and optional DSL modem capabilities.

Marcel LeBrun, president and COO of iMagicTV commented, "Thomson's DSL 1500, together with iMagicTV's middleware platform, will offer service providers a competitive, advanced and financially viable entrée to delivering interactive television services over their existing network. Thomson's commitment to innovative broadband products and proven consumer electronics experience adds to the already strong case for TV over broadband deployments."

About iMagicTV

iMagicTV provides software platforms and related services that enable telephone companies and other service providers
to deliver multi-channel digital television and interactive media services to their subscribers over a broadband network infrastructure. iMagicTV's software can be deployed over high-speed broadband networks including ADSL, VDSL, wireless, Ethernet and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) technologies.

Incorporated in 1997, iMagicTV maintains its global headquarters in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, its European headquarters in Cambridge, UK, its Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, and its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.imagictv.com.

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.

For further information: Rob Begg, IMagicTV, (506) 631-3000,
rbegg@imagictv.com; James Harper, Thomson MULTIMEDIA, (317) 587-4347, harperj@tce.com




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