Vivendi, Thomson Sign Pact

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Vivendi Universal and Thomson Multimedia said Friday that the two French
companies have struck a strategic partnership to help develop the market for
digital media and to combat the theft of digital content.

Vivendi CEO Jean-Marie Messier and Thomson CEO Thierry Breton will chair a
strategic-partnership committee, scheduled to meet on a quarterly basis for the
next three years.

The companies will work together to test new video technologies, such as
video-on-demand.

Thomson will be a preferred supplier for next-generation set-top boxes that
incorporate Vivendi's Canal+ digital-television technology.

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