Thomson Unveils Significant Enhancements to NexGuard


Advanced Functionalities Added to NexGuard's Secure Workflow Capabilities

Last Updated: September 7, 2006 4:52 pm GMT
(PARIS & BURBANK, Calif.--BUSINESS WIRE--Sept. 7, 2006) Thomson (Euronext:18453) (NYSE:TMS) today announced significant enhancements to NexGuard™, its comprehensive, state-of-the-art anti-piracy product line. The new capabilities, unveiled at IBC 2006, expand the portion of the NexGuard solution dedicated to production and postproduction content security. They include a new administration tool that provides clients with complete control of their internal content security system; third-party licenses that secure work performed by consultants, subcontractors and other personnel working outside a main facility; and complete Mac OS X functionality.

"NexGuard's new workflow tools will provide our clients with even greater flexibility, freedom to collaborate securely, and power to manage their valued assets," said Jean-Charles Hourcade, CTO Thomson and co-head of the Technology division. "Content must be protected during postproduction and exhibition, and it is Thomson's goal to help the media and entertainment industries address both challenges."

NexGuard's new administration tool will arm postproduction companies, broadcasters, filmmakers and studios with separate controls for encryption and digital rights management. From the moment it is created or received, content can remain encrypted, and clients can manage and update access and usage rights independent of the encryption process.

Going forward, NexGuard will support licenses not only to members of a trusted community, but also to third-party users outside the group such as subcontractors and advertising agencies. Finally, with the introduction of OS X functionalities, NexGuard becomes the first and only pre-release content security system to extend its reach beyond PC platforms and include Macintosh, a top choice for editors, post houses, and graphic artists.

About NexGuard's Production and Postproduction Solution
NexGuard's production and postproduction solution guards against piracy of any PC or Macintosh file containing content throughout the professional workflow. It enables secure collaboration within a company and across multiple facilities. NexGuard also provides increased security by enabling the distribution of view-only files that cannot be modified and working files that can be altered only as specified by digital rights.

NexGuard's pre-release solution contains four tools -- NexGuard Packager, NexGuard Granter, NexGuard Viewer and NexGuard Token Manager -- which are powered by cutting-edge encryption, watermarking and key management technologies. Both NexGuard Granter and NexGuard Viewer work with NexGuard's Token Manager system, which uses a USB memory stick with a smart card in SIM format to authenticate and control access rights and imprint identifying watermarks.

About NexGuard
NexGuard is the only content security system designed from the ground up to serve the media and entertainment professional environment. It secures and streamlines the storage, transfer and viewing of digital content in production, postproduction, distribution and exhibition and is the most wide-ranging, anti-piracy solution for audiovisual content.

About Thomson -- World Leader in Video Technologies
Thomson provides technology, services, and systems and equipment 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:

About Thomson's Technology Division
Thomson's Technology division develops and supplies advanced products, services and technologies to entertainment and media companies. One of three divisions of Thomson, S.A., it has four business units: Corporate Research; Intellectual Property & Licensing, which has a portfolio of more than 50,000 patents; Silicon Solutions, which develops advanced integrated circuits; and Software & Technology Solutions, which focuses on content security, electronic content distribution and user interface.


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