Thomson Multimedia

Joe Clayton, CE Industry Titan, Passes
November 5, 2018 at 8:50 am

The CE industry mourns a legend as Joseph P. “Joe” Clayton, a seminal consumer electronics industry figure and former President and CEO of DISH, has passed at the age of 69.

Thomson Takes DECT Tech to the Next Level
December 11, 2007

Thomson Consumer Network Solutions, which markets GE- and RCA-branded phones in the U.S., is planning a flurry of springtime product introductions it hopes will prove that tech innovation in telephones isn’t exclusively happening on the cellular side of the tracks. The company has been a pioneer in the use of DECT (Digitally Enhanced Cordless Telephony) 6.0 interference-free telephone technology, which uses a pristine bandwidth that can also carry light data transmissions, and introduced its use into the American market in late 2006. “Up until then,” says Doug DeLor, director of Americas Marketing Communications, “we had been more of a fast follower than a

Thomson’s O’Hara Dies at 46
March 30, 2007

Michael D. O’Hara, a longtime top executive with Thomson who led the launch of the DirecTV Digital Satellite System in 1994, passed away Thursday after a short illness. He was 46 years old. “Mike will always be known for his incredible energy and the joy with which he lived his life,” Thomson Senior Executive Vice President Al Arras said in a statement. “We have a lost a powerful and loving colleague, and a rare man who could assemble the right team to tackle nearly any task.” O’Hara, who got his start in the business at General Electric, came to Thomson in

Breaking News: Audiovox Acquires Thomson Accessories
December 21, 2006

Audiovox corporation of Hauppauge, N.Y.,  has this morning agreed to acquire the consumer electronics business from Thomson for the amount of $50 million plus a five-year fee related to the RCA brand in the consumer electronics accessories field. This acquisition will add $150 million in annual sales to Audiovox, which has also acquired from Thomson the rights to the consumer electronics lines including the Recoton Discwasher, Spikemaster and Ambico brands as well as the rights for the Jensen, Advent, Acoustic Research and Road Gear brands for consumer electronics accessories. The rights for use of the Jensen, Advent, Acoustic Research and Road Gear brands for

SunRocket Launches Partnership With Thomson
November 20, 2006

Thomson, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of landline phones, has entered into an agreement with SunRocket to explore ways to expand the VoIP service provider’s presence. Thomson, a licensee of the GE brand, will work with SunRocket to develop a line of GE-branded products geared toward VoIP service. Boosted by a $33 million influx of venture captial this August, SunRocket may gain even more ground on such competitors as Vonage through this alliance. Lisa Hook, presidet and CEO of SunRocket, said, “Thomson’s reputation for reliable, easy-to-use consumer telephony products has no equal in the minds of millions of

RadioShack Expands A/V Offering by Adding LG, Panasonic, TiVo and More
June 22, 2006

Several years ago, RadioShack attempted to gain a solid footing in selling television and home entertainment A/V products through an exclusive relationship with Thomson and the RCA brand, but it was met with little success and lead to a termination of the contract. Even so, RadioShack hasn’t given up hope. Now the company is placing its bets on LCD TVs from multiple vendors. It has been selling models from the AKAI brand and coming in July will expand the stores offering with LCD TV models from LG and Panasonic, ranging in sizes between 20 and 42 inches; all of them will have built-in HDMI connections

Dual XDMR7710 PlaysForSure In-Dash Receiver
June 5, 2006

Slated for July shipment, Dual Electronics’ XDMR7710 AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA/XM-ready mobile electronics receiver is the first for the car to offer built-in compatibility with Microsoft’s PlaysForSure platform. The head unit will work with MP3 devices from leading brands including Philips, Creative Labs, RCA and iRiver, and with the use of the optional EAUSB20 Media Link Adapter, it can display detailed file information and also allow the recording of WMA files to USB thumb drives from any head-unit source. It has a detachable motorized face that hides the LCD panel where file information may be displayed. The XDMR7710 also offers iPod connectivity through

Thomson's SmartRight Aims to Prevent Video "Napsterization"
April 8, 2004

By Markkus Rovito Thomson Multimedia is pitching another smart card-based copy protection technology, named SmartRight, that works with both A/V and computer networks and is designed to prevent the "Napsterization" of video. Late last month, Thomson Multimedia introduced SmartRight at a meeting with the industry-insider committee the Copy Protection Working Group, contending that SmartRight can provide digital content copy protection on its own or act as additional layer of protection to existing systems. Thomson Multimedia declined to name other vendors supporting the technology, but said it was starting a SmartRight Association. In a SmartRight scenario, digital content would remain scrambled inside a consumer's home network until

New Management at Thomson
October 2, 2002

As of October 8th Thomson Multimedia will have new leadership. The move comes after the appointment of Thierry Breton, current chairman and CEO of Thomson, to the chair of France Telecom. Breton has agreed to stay in his present position until October 8th, when the share holders will meet, accept his resignation and make official the decision to split Breton's position in two, subsequently appointing Charles Dehelly as CEO and Frank Dangeard as chairman of the board. Dangeard, a former lawyer and managing director at SBC Warburg, an investment bank, joined Thomson in 1997 and is currently vice-chairman of the Board. Dehelly,

Movers & Shakers
August 1, 2002

Industry People on the Move All that JVC Jazz: From left, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; JVC Company of America's Executive Vice President/COO Harry Elias; JVC Americas' President/CEO Katsuhiko Hattori; and Festival Productions President/CEO George Wien celebrate at the JVC Jazz Festival reception, held June 17, 2002, at Gracie Mansion. Ultimate Electronics has a newly appointed senior buyer; Greg Hughes now oversees display technology decisions regarding the company's flat panel and direct view televisions. Hughes comes to Ultimate Electronics after serving as general manager/director of merchandising for SatisFusion recently brought Stephen Posner on board as its vice president of sales.