Packard Bell, the consumer brand of NEC Computers International and one of Europe’s home PC leaders (Source: Gartner Dataquest – January 2003), will demonstrate its latest Digital Entertainment solutions on the occasion of the glamorous Cannes Film Festival (from Wednesday, May 14th to Sunday, May 25th – Cannes – France).

For the ninth year in a row, NEC Computers International (NEC CI) is the official IT partner of the 56th Cannes Film Festival. NEC CI will install the Festival's information system using a complete range of computers integrating the latest technologies and will operate this system during the Festival's two-week duration.

Packard Bell: the official partner of the DVD Showroom

As DVD offers a different approach to cinema, the Cannes Film Festival decided to create in 2002 an exclusive "Cannes Film Festival DVD Collection" label, in order to better adapt itself to the new media environment and meet the movie going public's needs.

The films that will receive the "DVD Collection" label will be able to compete for the "2003 Cannes Film Festival DVD Prize", which will be awarded to the best film in each of the two categories.

All the films of the Festival Collection will be made available to festival goers in the DVD showroom and a presentation of the prizewinning DVDs will be held during the Cannes Festival, on Saturday May 24.

For the first time, Packard Bell, the consumer brand of NEC CI, will equip the DVD Showroom located in the Palais des Festivals in Cannes (Level 01 – Aisle 12) with more than 20 high-end PCs, all associated with a LCD flat screen. Moreover, an exclusive deal with ATI, will enable Packard Bell to provide its PCs with the ultimate ATI 3D board, the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. Thus, festival goers will benefit from best-in-class products to view DVDs.

In the DVD Showroom, Packard Bell will also demonstrate its vision for Digital Home Entertainment, using PCs running Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition.

In a dedicated space closed to the DVD Show Room, Packard bell will present the Smart Display concept from Microsoft and unveil its brand new Slim TV 300W LCD TV screen.

Festival goers will also be able to experience for the first time in Cannes Microsoft’s new DVD HD technology.

About NEC Computers International

NEC Computers International (NEC CI), one of the major consolidated subsidiaries of the NEC Corporation and part of the operation of NEC Solutions, is Europe's sixth largest manufacturer of personal computers (Source: Gartner Dataquest / February 2003).
NEC CI supplies the consumer market with the Packard Bell brand and the professional market with the NEC brand in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia (except Japan and China).
NEC CI owns two R&D centres (France, Malaysia) and three factories (France, Malaysia and Scotland).
The company employs 3,000 people worldwide.
Its headquarters are located in Wijchen, The Netherlands.