TORONTO -- May 4, 2006
- Tri-Vision International Ltd./Ltee today announced that it has licensed its V-chip technology under United States Patent No. 5,828,402 to ViewSonic Corporation of the USA. ViewSonic was already awarded a license for Tri-Vision's Canadian V-chip, Patent No. 2,179,474, in January of this year. The licenses are valid through the expiration of the patent in 2016.
Companies which 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, TTE, Syntax-Brillian, Akai, Chunghwa, NEC and many others. Tri-Vision is working on licensing deals with more than 20 other companies, many of them already licensed in Canada, who have notified the Company they intend to acquire the US license and a number of companies including Dell Inc. have committed to selling televisions under Tri-Vision V-chip license.
As part of the transition to a digital television broadcast system in the United States, 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 ruling took effect on March 15, 2006.
ViewSonic® Corp., a worldwide leader in visual display products, offers comprehensive display solutions for today's business, education and consumer electronics markets. The company's products have won more than 2,000 awards globally from independent publications and organizations. www.ViewSonic.com.
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, PCT North America, 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., visit our website at www.trivision.ca.