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Philips & Funai Add 3D Blu-ray Players To HTiBs

1/06/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern

LAS VEGAS – Philips & Funai is
launching its first Philips-brand home
theater in a box (HTiB) systems with
3D Blu-ray players during International
CES this week.

The company is also expanding the
selection of streaming services available
through its HTiBs, and adding
Wi-Fi to more models, some of which
are DLNA-certified.

Select models will also be the company’s
first to offer Media Connect
technology and Philips’ first app platform,
called Net Apps. The top model
will be the company’s first with stereo
Bluetooth streaming.

All models feature Blu-ray players
and 5.1 speaker systems.

Under the Philips brand, the Atlanta-
based Funai Electric subsidiary will
offer five new HTiBs, three of which
feature 3D at suggested retails from
$299 to $449. Wi-Fi appears in four
models starting at $269, all with Wi-Fi
a/b/g/n.

In streaming services, the company
at last year’s CES launched vTuner
Internet radio and the NetFlix moviestreaming
service, and this year the
company is expanding the content
selection to add CinemaNow, Vudu
and Blockbuster. All services are
available in all five models down to a
suggested $249.

In other advances, the company is
incorporating its wireless Media Connect
technology into HTiBs for the first
time. The top two models at $429 and
$349 use the technology to enable a
PC to display the exact images of a
wirelessly connected PC to an HTiBconnected
TV. The TV screen duplicates
exactly what appears on the PC
screen, including Web browsing sessions,
PowerPoint presentations and
the like. The technology was launched
last year in select LCD TVs and a Bluray
player.

The company’s NetApps platform
will appear in four models starting at
$269.

The lineup starts with the $249
HTS3006 with Blu-ray player and
A/V streaming. The step-up $269
HTS3306 adds Wi-Fi, and the $299
HTS3506 adds 3D Blu-ray and Philips’
NetApps platform.

At $349, the HTS5506 adds Media
Connect, DLNA certification, and ability
to turn the surround speakers into
wireless speakers with the purchase
of an optional wireless kit.

The top-end $429 HTS7506 adds
stereo Bluetooth and standard wireless
surround speakers.

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