ATV trial in Peru using Thomson encoding and delivery on air since December,commercial services to roll out in June 2008
Paris (France) and Barcelona (Spain) - 6 February 2008 - Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announces that it is supplying a complete head-end solution to ATV, part of the pan-Latin American media group Albavision, to power a trial mobile television service in Lima, Peru and in Guatemala. The service, the first of its kind in Latin America, will roll out to the commercial market in June 2008.
The service at present features four live television channels, transmitted using the DVB-H broadcast standard. At the head-end, Thomson ViBE Mobile TV encoders compress the incoming video streams, which are then encapsulated into a single transport stream using the Thomson Opal DVB-H encapsulator. The electronic service guide is also created by Thomson.
"The idea of mobile television is exciting consumers in markets globally" said Patrick Montliaud, General Manager of Thomson's Network and Integration Solutions business. "The system we have delivered to ATV in Lima allows Albavision to build a market with minimum capital expenditure, knowing that they can expand through additional services, increased functionality and interactivity when they need to."
"We see Mobile TV broadcasting as an important part of our growth in the future" said Angel Gonzalez, CEO of Albavision. "That is why it was important to get our service in Peru on air as quickly as possible. We knew Thomson as a very reliable supplier which could give us a complete, proven solution, and we are very pleased with the progress so far". Juan Pablo Alviz, CTO of ATV added "We are examining the possibility of expanding this solution to other countries in Latin America".
Thomson will be present at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 11-14 February 2008.
Visit us at: www.thomson.net/mwc08.
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