Philips Adds First Portable DVD/DTVs

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Stamford, Conn. - Philips Consumer Lifestyles launched its first portable DVD combos with built-in ATSC DTV tuners.

The company, however, doesn't plan this year to offer portable DVD players or portable TVs with Mobile ATSC tuners because Mobile ATSC broadcasts are available only in a limited number of markets, giving it limited appeal to national retailers, said customer marketing director Roy Carpenter.

Other brands with portable DVD/ATSC-TV combos include Naxa and Coby. Neither offers models with Mobile ATSC reception. Naxa offers two clamshell-style DVD/tuners, two non-clamshell models with stand, and a boombox-style model, Naxa's website shows. Coby offers a boombox-style model, according to the B&H Photo online store.

For its part, Philips is launching two clamshell-style DVD/ATSC combos, both with swiveling 7-inch 16:9 LCD screen but one with HD display with 720p resolution. Both come with separate stand-mounted telescoping rabbit ears to allow for more flexibility in placing the antenna for best reception, Carpenter said. The antenna base includes a magnet, making it useful for tailgate parties, he said.

The Coby and Naxa models features built-in telescoping antenna.

Philips's HD model is the $179-suggested PET749. The $149-suggested PET729 features 480p screen but adds FM tuner. Both deliver up to three hours of viewing time on their internal rechargeable batteries. They play MP3 CDs and JPEG-encoded CDs, and they're compatible with DVD+/-R and DVD+/-RW discs. Both are shipping.

Philips also shipped a new portable ATSC TV without built-in DVD player. The 9-inch model, retailing for a suggested $149, is tablet-shaped. It's not Philips's first portable ATSC TV.


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