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SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA, THOMSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS AND NEWS DATACOM TO DEVELOP NEW SET-TOP TERMINAL FOR INTERNATIONAL CABLE TV AND TERRESTRIAL MARKETS

 SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA, THOMSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
 AND NEWS DATACOM TO DEVELOP NEW SET-TOP TERMINAL
 FOR INTERNATIONAL CABLE TV AND TERRESTRIAL MARKETS
 ATLANTA, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE: SFA), Thomson Consumer Electronics and News Datacom jointly announced today that they will cooperate in the development of a new set-top terminal for international cable television and terrestrial markets that incorporates the VideoCrypt signal security and scrambling system.
 The new set-top terminal will include the user friendliness of Scientific-Atlanta's new model 8600 set-top which eliminates a user's manual and confusing message symbols. Possible features for the new set-top from the 8600 are on-screen displays, individual and group messaging capabilities, and easy ordering and on-screen confirmation of pay-per-view purchases.
 The new terminal will also use the VideoCrypt system, jointly developed by Thomson Consumer Electronics and News Datacom, with features such as smart card security, conditional access and scrambling technology.
 "This will allow Scientific-Atlanta to address certain cable television and terrestrial market segments with an optional security and picture scrambling method. This has applications in international markets and some areas of the United States," said Gary Trimm, president of Scientific-Atlanta's Subscriber Systems Division. "We look forward to working with Thomson and News Datacom to deliver a terminal with a combination of features that will provide many benefits to operators and subscribers. The 8600 is the ideal platform to build on for this advanced system."
 "We are excited at the prospect of working with Scientific-Atlanta. This plan to incorporate our highly regarded VideoCrypt system into their products is a further endorsement of the system's popularity based, primarily, on the high degree of security it offers operators," said Bernard Gilliot, vice president, New Business Group, Thomson Consumer Electronics.
 Tom Price, chief executive of News Datacom, said: "VideoCrypt is already in use in many parts of the world and in more than 1 million homes in the United Kingdom alone. This cooperation with Scientific-Atlanta is a major step forward in the commercial development of VideoCrypt."
 Thomson Consumer Electronics is a major international business, the fourth largest consumer electronics company in the world. With manufacturing facilities and strong based regional sales and marketing operations in Europe, the Americas and South East Asia, the company is backed by its first-class technological base.
 News Datacom specializes in advanced data security technology, devised the smart card encryption technique used in VideoCrypt and in 1991 supplied 40 percent of world's supply of microprocessor smart cards.
 Scientific-Atlanta is a world leader in cable television electronics, satellite-based communications networks and instrumentation for industrial, telecommunications and government applications.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Brobst of Scientific-Atlanta, 404-903-6306 (office), or 404-623-4233 (after hours); Anne Waterman of Thomson Consumer Electronics, (Middlesex, England), 081-362-4855; or Gwyn Morgan of News Datacom, (Naidenhead, Berkshire, England), 0628-74774/
 (SFA) CO: Scientific-Atlanta; Thomson Consumer Electronics; News Datacom ST: Georgia IN: CPR SU: JVN


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