Philips Introduces New TV, Video Lines


In addition to extensive new home audio and PC devices, Philips used its recent Holidays In June press event in New York to formally unveil a handful of new television and video products that will appear under the flagship Philips brand name.

As previously reported, Philips showed a new line of DVD players, which the company said are the first to be software-upgradable. This means that periodically, Philips will make software upgrades available through its web site.

Models under the Philips-only brand are the DVD940 ($399, July), which offers component video outputs, and the DVD950 ($499, September), which adds Dolby Digital decoding and a jog/shuttle control. Models under the more volume-directed Philips Magnavox brand include the DVD825 ($349, shipping now) and the DVD865 ($449, September) with similar features to the Philips DVD950.

The company once again showed the highly stylized 13" stereo television (13PT30L, $249), due in October.

The Philips-branded set, designed for bedroom use, has a front-mounted analog clock and illuminating base, with three dimmer settings. However, due to trademark issues the name "Lumi" has been dropped from the product.

Other new Philips-branded direct-view models, which are due in October, include a 20" set ($299) and models in the 27" (27PT40, $699) and 32" (32PT70, $999) screen sizes. Both the 27" and 32" models include component video inputs, GuidePlus+ Gold onscreen program guide, dual-tuner PIP and Virtual Dolby surround.

In analog projection television, Philips said it is adding this month three new models in 55", 60" and 64" screen sizes. The 55" (55P9271, $2,599.99 suggested retail price), 60" (60P9271, $2,899) and the 64" (64P9271, $3,399) are all due in August.

All models are Philips-branded and include V-chips, component video inputs, scan-velocity modulation, GuidePlus+ Gold and dual-tuner PIP.

Meanwhile, Philips announced it has developed a software upgrade for its Pronto touchscreen universal remote. Users will be able to download customizable graphics displays for the device, which comes bundled with the Philips 64" HDTV, model 64PP9901 that is currently selling at a $9,990 suggested retail price.

As announced at CES, the new VCR line will re-introduce the S-VHS format to the company's catalog. Model VRA999PH will ship in July at $299 and will include the new S-VHS ET capability that allows recording S-VHS-quality images on standard VHS tape.

Also on display at the "Philips Wonderland" event was a Philips TiVo personal TV recorder, which will ship later in the year, and the previously announced new WebTV terminals for the WebTV Classic and WebTV Plus services.


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