THOMSON AND SIRIUS TEAM UP WITH
BOOKSHELF AUDIO, HOME THEATRE, AND
KITCHEN AUDIO PRODUCTS IDEAL
FOR SATELLITE RADIO
New SiriusConnect Home Products from Thomson Provide a Simple Way to Listen to SIRIUS Satellite Radio Content on Home Audio Devices
Las Vegas, January 5, 2006 — Recognizing the surging popularity of satellite radio, Thomson today announced at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show that it has joined with SIRIUS Satellite Radio to deliver its extensive programming lineup on three RCA and GE home audio devices. Planned for sale in second half of 2006 are an RCA Bookshelf Audio System, an RCA Home Theater System, and a GE under-cabinet Spacemaker CD System — each with SiriusConnect Home capability to receive and navigate SIRIUS satellite radio programming.
“Satellite radio is one of the fastest growing categories in consumer electronics, with SIRIUS experiencing outstanding year-over-year subscriber growth,” said Michael D. O’Hara, Executive Vice President of Thomson. “We are convinced that SIRIUS customers are eager to listen to their favorite programs at home as well as in the car, and we have designed a series of connected solutions that will facilitate this new capability,” O’Hara added.
“Our partnership with Thomson will allow us to bring SIRIUS’ exciting and diverse programming to more people through new and exciting products,” said Bob Law, Senior Vice President and General Manager Consumer Electronics Division for SIRIUS. “Thomson is a proven leader in consumer electronics, and we are pleased to be working with them to help bring SIRIUS to the home.”
To receive SIRIUS programming on the RCA and GE audio products, consumers need to purchase a SIRIUS Satellite Radio antenna/receiver (suggested retail price $49.99) that easily connects to the specialized audio products along with a SIRIUS subscription.
The new line of RCA and GE audio products with SiriusConnect Home are:
RCA RS2100 Bookshelf Audio System with “Rip & Go” Functionality: This 160-Watt bookshelf audio system with 5-CD changer features easy “Rip&Go” functionality to transfer CD audio at 2X “ripping” speed to a 256MB RCA flash mp3 player (included with the system) via USB port. SIRIUS Satellite Radio and FM Radio broadcasts can also be recorded on the mp3 player. This new system also enables wireless streaming of digital music from a user’s PC to the bookshelf audio system using a USB accessory transmitter that comes with the system. The RS2100 will be available this summer with a suggested retail price of $299.
RCA RTD260 Home Theater System: This 1000-Watt system features a 5-DVD/CD changer, HDMI output with high-definition up conversion, and USB port that allows the consumer to enjoy digital media such as music and photos. The RTD260 will be available this summer and has a suggested retail price of $299.
GE 75400 Spacemaker: This under-cabinet kitchen audio system includes CD player, an audio line input for expanded portable device entertainment playback options, and a counter light. The GE 75300 will be available this summer and has a suggested retail price of $119.
Certain statements in this press release, including any discussion of management expectations for future periods, constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements due to changes in global economic, business, competitive market and regulatory factors. More detailed information on the potential factors that could affect the financial results of Thomson is contained in Thomson’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Thomson – Partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides services, systems and technology to help its Media & Entertainment clients — content creators, content distributors and users of its technology — realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment. The Group is the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA and Thomson brands. For more information: www.thomson.net.
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