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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
LYRA X3030 30GB Personal Multimedia Recorder Released


Compatibility with ZVUE.com and Amazon Unbox Video Download Services and Direct Recording From TV Source Are Key Features

Thomson (NYSE:TMS)(Euronext Paris:18453) today announced retail availability in the U.S. of the LYRA X3030 by RCA, a pocket-sized 30GB Personal Multimedia Recorder that enables direct recording of audio and video content from multiple sources and is capable of storing dozens of movies, hundreds of hours of music and thousands of photos, all in the palm of your hand.(a)

Because the new LYRA unit utilizes secure Windows Media (WM10), video-hungry consumers can easily access purchased content from ZVUE.com, the video download store from HandHeld Entertainment?,(NASDAQ:ZVUE)(NASDAQ:ZVUEU), to download more than 120 hours of DVD-quality music videos, TV shows and movies onto the LYRA X3030. The unit also works with other Microsoft PlaysForSure subscription and download stores such as Amazon's newly launched Unbox? service.

ZVUE.com offers more than 3,000 digital music videos, cartoons, independent films, documentaries, news, entertainment, and sports programs for download and HandHeld Entertainment has more than 10,000 video selections under contract. To assist LYRA X3030 owners in starting their download library, three free downloads are available at http://www.zvue.com/lyra. Amazon offers video content from more than 30 Hollywood studios and network partners.

Perfect for watching TV shows and movies right in the palm of your hand, the LYRA X3030 has a vibrant 3.6-inch color LCD screen with 320 x 240 resolution for brilliant color reproduction. Consumers will enjoy versatility and flexibility with the array of recording options. Using an included home theater docking base, consumers can easily record audio/video directly from an external source, such as analog TV, CD player, or camcorder. Video and audio recording can even be time shifted when using the docking base in conjunction with the included infrared Blaster. When transferring video, the included DivX transcoder software enables conversion of video files to DivX format for playback of any video. Using a removable lithium ion battery, the LYRA X3030 provides up to four hours of constant video playback, enabling consumers to watch multiple video files on a single charge.

"This player brings together numerous popular entertainment products into one portable, high quality device," said Dan Collishaw, chief operating officer of Thomson's Americas Audio/Video and Accessory business. "The LYRA X3030 also adds great value to the booming portable video player market through its ability to record directly from any video source and its compatibility with a wide range of audio and video download services, including Amazon Unbox and ZVUE.com."

"We have taken a completely open approach with the ZVUE.com video download store so that all video content is compatible with any Windows Media Video portable video player on the market, including the RCA LYRA X3030 from Thomson," said Jeff Oscodar, chief executive office and president of HandHeld Entertainment. "That is why we are happy to have Thomson join us as the first company for delivering great video content to LYRA users throughout the country."

Not Just Video

The LYRA X3030, suggested retail price $399, is compatible with both pay-per-song and subscription music services, as well as audio book files from Audible.com. Ready to entertain right out of the box, the LYRA X3030 comes with a free 7-day trial to Yahoo! Music Unlimited and 100 free music downloads from emusic.com. ID3 tag song data with artist, album, song title and genre is displayed on the viewing screen. Music buffs can listen to their collection of mp3 files using one of nine playback modes, including normal play, shuffle and repeat. The included free Yahoo! Music Engine enables creation of playlists and facilitates management of personal digital music catalogs.

In addition to its video and audio capabilities, this versatile jukebox also offers the ability to create image slide shows with zoom and photo rotation, as well as music accompaniment. Up to 15,000 JPEG photos are easily transferred from an SD memory card or compatible camera without a computer. Image files, along with audio and video files, can also be moved from a PC to the device using the high speed USB connection. Further, a built-in microphone located on the top of the unit lets consumers record voice notes describing individual photo slides, and also lets the LYRA X3030 function as a voice recorder.

The LYRA X3030 is packaged with a full accessory kit, including:

Sliding cover case to protect the X3030's display from scratching and denting

Two RCA input/output cables for recording in near DVD quality and playing back video with 480 lines of resolution.

Home theater docking station for easy re-charging and transfer of content from a video source

AC adapter and DC adapter for charging in the car

Earbud style headphones

3- Device Universal Remote Control for recording from or playing content on the TV set

This lightweight portable entertainment device weighs less than eight ounces and is only 3/4 of an inch thick.

(a)1GB =10 to the 9th bytes. Actual play time for audio and available storage space and capacity for video and photos will vary depending on system requirements, bit rate, photo resolution, and other factors.


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