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Thomson Ships One-Millionth HD Set-Top Box To DIRECTV

Thomson recently announced that it has shipped a total of one million MPEG-4 HD and MPEG-4 HD DVR receivers to satellite service provider DIRECTV. The delivery of its one-millionth set-top box comes as the number of HD-ready households is climbing at a steady rate.

"Demand for high-definition and DVR services continues to accelerate among DIRECTV customers," said Jim Butterworth, senior vice president, Technology and Operations, DIRECTV, Inc. "Thomson’s delivery of its high-performance and technologically advanced set-top box platforms, has greatly supported DIRECTV’s initiative to provide its customers with a unique and compelling viewing experience and lead the industry in the delivery of HD content."

DIRECTV is on target to offer 100 HD channels by the end of the year. In anticipation of this increase, Thomson’s HD and HD-DVR boxes feature MPEG-4 advanced compression decoding functionality.

"These receivers were developed by our team of engineers who have extensive expertise and experience in high definition technology", said Georges Laplanche, vice president, Satellite Premises Systems, Thomson. "This milestone underscores the strength of our 13-year relationship with DIRECTV and affirms our continued support of their efforts to bring high-definition television and advanced services to consumers. As DIRECTV prepares to expand its HD channel offering to over 100 channels, Thomson is focused on providing set-top box platforms that meet all the needs of their customers," he added.