Thomson lines up HD products for NAB

Jan 27, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Equipment supplier Thomson Grass Valley will introduce 12 new high-definition TV-related products at the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters convention in April.
The major product debut at NAB will be the PVS 3000 server, a version of Thomson Grass Valley’s popular Profile server that can switch between high definition and standard definition. The cost is $115,000. In addition, the company announced that it will showcase an HD version of its Calypso switcher for live production and expects to introduce new storage architecture for its server line that will make editing on the desktop easier for news outlets. The new products represent the most significant launch for Thomson Grass Valley in five years, said Tim Thorsteinson, VP of products for Thomson Broadcast and Media Solutions.
In an indication of the expected growth of the high-definition market, the high-definition portion of Thomson’s business has been a niche until now but will probably account for 15 percent of revenues for the Thomson Broadcast and Media Solutions division of the company this year. That’s up from 10 percent in 2002, Mr. Thorsteinson said.
Last year’s boost was due largely to $15 million in equipment purchases, such as cameras, switchers and routers, by two mobile truck companies, NEP Supershooters and National Mobile Television, for coverage of ESPN’s slate of high-definition sporting events starting this spring.
The combined order was the division’s largest in 2002. “It’s getting to the point where more digital equipment purchases have a requirement for HD,” Mr. Thorsteinson said.
The market for high-definition sets will grow by more than 50 percent this year, according to the Yankee Group. About 2 million to 3 million sets will be sold this year, said Yankee Group analyst Adi Kishore.