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Thomson Signs Set-Top Box Agreements for Latin America
Aug 4, 2004
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Thomson, an entertainment and media company, announced it has signed 2-year agreements with both Sky Mexico and Sky Brazil for the manufacture of digital set-top boxes that will deliver digital satellite television throughout each country.

Sky Brasil, a strategic alliance between News Corporation, Organizacoes Globo, and Liberty Media International, operates Latin America's largest digital direct to home (DTH) television service with over 800,000. Sky Mexico, is the largest digital DTH television service in Mexico with over 900,000 subscribers, and is offered through an alliance of News Corp., Grupo Televisa, and Liberty Media International.

The agreements follow the global strategic supplier agreement signed between Thomson and News Corp in November 2003.

"We are pleased to be able to provide these two important markets with products that reflect our technology innovations and manufacturing expertise," said Tim Saeger, vice president, Americas Satellite of Thomson.

The MPEG 2 decoders will be manufactured in Thomson facilities in Juarez, Mexico and Manaus, Brazil. The Sky Brasil decoder features Digital C-Band reception along with Dolby Digital audio. Sky Mexico is focusing on a solution provided by Thomson for multiple decoders in a subscriber's home.

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