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RCA and Echostar Sign Manufacturing Agreement for Satellite TV Receivers Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 January 2002
Thomson Multimedia (RCA) and EchoStar Communications Corporation announced that they have signed an agreement for Thomson to manufacture DISH Network compatible satellite TV receivers. Thomson anticipates commencing production by mid-year 2002.
Thomson is a leader in digital set-top receivers and has extensive experience developing and manufacturing RCA brand digital satellite receivers in the U.S. and Latin American markets, as well as DVB-based Thomson brand receivers for numerous operators in Europe. Thomson will continue its strong support of existing satellite TV customers, including DIRECTV, and will immediately begin a development program for DISH Network compatible products.

The agreement is not contingent on the merger of EchoStar and Hughes Electronics, which is pending U.S. government approval. Thomson's intention is that future receivers for Echostar will, however, meet technical requirements that will facilitate the migration to a combined network once the pending merger is approved.

The feature sets of the new equipment has yet to be determined but you’d have to expect large hard drive based PVRs (Personal Video recorders like TiVo) as well as functionality for HDTV. RCA was the first to market with a consumer HDTV satellite receiver thus you’d have to expect that any new box would have these capabilities.

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