Thomson Steps Up Profile Investment

Thomson has stepped up its investment plans for its ultra-thin Profile line of HDTV sets. In addition to more than $25 million that the company has already invested in getting its digital light processing HDTVs to market, another $35 million will be spent this year to accelerate new product introductions in the Americas and in Europe this year.

"Having just returned from the annual Consumer Electronics Show, we are delighted with the response from retailers and the news media to the RCA lineup of high-definition DLP HDTV products. Our current line of two models will expand fourfold in 2004 to eight models," said Michael O'Hara, executive vice president Worldwide Marketing & Sales for Thomson's Consumer Products business.

Thomson unveiled the Profiles - new RCA Scenium plug-and-play sets that are less than seven inches deep - at CES.