TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2006 - Tri-Vision International Ltd./Ltée today announced that it has added five new licenses to its family of V-chip holders. The United States Patent No. 5,828,402 (the '402 Patent) has been awarded to NewLane Limited of Hong Kong, and to Esto Inc. of Korea. The Canadian Patent No. 2,179,474 (the '474 Patent) has been licensed to BenQ Corporation of Taiwan. Runco International Inc. of the United States has been licensed for both the Canadian and US Patents. The licenses are valid through the expiration of the patents in 2016. NewLane licensed Tri-Vision's Canadian Patent in May of 2005; Esto is expected to add a Canadian license shortly; and negotiations are underway with BenQ to include the US license.
"I am delighted to welcome these companies from four different countries to our international V-chip licensee family," stated Tri-Vision CEO Najmul Siddiqui. "This is further proof that progress continues toward our guiding goal to license all companies that offer digital television receivers for sale in the United States," Siddiqui added. To date, Tri-Vision has issued 79 licenses for its U.S. and/or Canadian Patents to companies which include: Sony, Hitachi, Sanyo, Pioneer, Philips, JVC, Panasonic, Sharp, LG Electronics, Samsung, Funai, Orion, Apex, Korat Denki, World, Eastech, Toshiba, eRAE, Seiko Epson, Xiamen, Shenzhen KXD, NewLane, Konka, TTE, Optoma, Coretronic, ViewSonic, Syntax-Brillian, NEC, AKAI, Chunghwa, Humax, Shinco, Jabil Circuit, LiteOn, Top Powersonic, Nakamichi, Emerson Radio and more. A number of other major corporations such as Dell Inc. have committed to selling televisions under Tri-Vision's license.
As part of the transition to a digital television broadcast system in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated phased-in rules to ensure that the V-chip can respond to any rating system changes in all digital television receiver products by March 1, 2007. 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 first phase of the FCC's ruling took effect on March 15, 2006.
Tri-Vision International Ltd/Ltée 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. - Licenses V-chip globally and owns the sole rights to U.S. V-chip Patent No. 5,828,402 and Canadian V-chip Patent No. 2,179,474 and 2,342,045. This subsidiary also markets Data Video Distribution Systems, 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 Conax. The division specializes in digital video system design and integration, in-country equipment sales and supply, logistical support, niche product design and development, in-house and offshore manufacturing capabilities.