TORONTO -- April 18, 2006 - Tri-Vision International Ltd./Ltee (TSX:TVL) today announced that it has licensed its United States Patent No. 5,828,402 and Canadian Patent No. 2,179,474 to DTV original equipment manufacturer Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. (CPT) of Taiwan. The licenses are valid through the expiration of the patent in 2016.
Companies that have acquired V-chip licenses for Tri-Vision's Canadian Patent No. 2,179,474 and/or U.S. Patent No. 5,828,402 include: Sony, Hitachi, Sanyo, Philips, JVC, Matsushita, Sharp, Pioneer, Apex Digital, Samsung, LG Electronics, Funai, Orion, Toshiba, Eastech, Erae Electronics, Seiko Epson, Shenzhen KXD, Newlane, Xiamen, Konka, Optoma, Coretronic, ViewSonic, TTE, Syntax-Brillian, NEC, Akai, and many others. More than 20 other companies, many of them already licensed in Canada, have notified Tri-Vision they intend to acquire the U.S. license and a number of companies including Dell Inc. have committed to selling televisions under Tri-Vision license.
As part of the transition to a digital television broadcast system in the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated new rules to ensure that the V-chip can respond to any rating system changes in all digital television receiver products. Tri-Vision's open V-chip (also known as V-chip 2.0) is the only known, patented technology capable of accepting modified or new rating systems. The FCC rules took effect March 15, 2006.
Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd.
Chunghwa Picture Tubes makes optoelectronic display components used in TFT-LCD (thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display), projection, PDP (plasma display panel), and CRT (cathode ray tube) applications. The company was established in 1971 and is active in Taiwan, China, and Malaysia.
About Tri-Vision International Ltd/Ltee
Tri-Vision International Ltd/Ltee is a public company founded in 1986. Shares of the Company trade on Canada's Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol TVL. Tri-Vision operates two wholly-owned subsidiaries: Tri-Vision Electronics Inc. and Think Broadband Solutions Inc.
Tri-Vision Electronics Inc. - Owns the sole rights to U.S. V-chip Patent No. 5,828,402 and Canadian V-chip Patent No. 2,179,474 and licenses V-chip globally. This subsidiary also markets Data Video Distribution System, Secure Pay TV, Addressable Pay TV (pay per view), Hotel Pay TV and Cable TV equipment worldwide.
Think Broadband Solutions Inc. - Authorized Canadian Distributor to Canada's broadband industry for Scientific Atlanta, Andrew Corp. and Samsung specializes in in-country equipment sales and supply, logistical support, niche product design and development, in-house and offshore manufacturing capabilities.
To find out more about Tri-Vision International Ltd. (TSX: TVL), visit our website at http://www.tri-vision.ca.