Thomson to team up with leading US provider of in-flight entertainment on a live TV broadcast system
Paris (France), October 22, 2009 – Thomson (Paris Euronext : 18453 ; NYSE : TMS), a worldwide leader of services to content creators, today announced that it has signed a long-term contract with LiveTV for the development of a live TV broadcast system for aircraft.
Based on Thomson’s pioneering IPTV-based satellite television distribution technology, the solution enables the transformation of satellite content into video-over-IP content for distribution and viewing on individual seat back screens. Thus, Thomson’s system enables LiveTV to offer hundreds of channels in digital quality, as well as providing features such as electronic program guide. Additionally, the system allows for insertion of live channels generated within the plane, such as navigation information.
This partnership has been recently concretized with Continental Airlines, to which LiveTV is currently supplying DIRECTV® services via Thomson’s technology.
Frederic Rose, Chairman and CEO of Thomson, commented, “The signing of this contract with LiveTV provides us with an opportunity to further expand our existing customer and solutions portfolio and sets the stage for what we believe will lead to a very innovative partnership. It also illustrates our commitment to provide cutting edge services to content creators in any situation.”
“We are delighted to benefit from Thomson’s worldwide expertise in digital video technologies to bring airline passengers the widest choice of programming to their seat-back screens just as they would enjoy at home. This partnership will strengthen our position as the leading US provider of live entertainment products to commercial aircraft markets worldwide”, said Nate Quigley, CEO of LiveTV.
Under the terms of the agreement, Thomson will carry out engineering and product development services for the live broadcast entertainment system for aircraft, while LiveTV will license Thomson’s satellite multi-client gateway software technology and market the system to commercial airlines worldwide.