Audiovox Adds to RCA, Acoustic Research and Terk Lines
Audiovox Corp. and subsidiary Audiovox Accessories are planning an array of product introductions this year that capitalize on what president Tom Malone characterized as consumer desire for ease of control of and access to content both on the go and in the home.
During Press Day at the 2009 International CES Wednesday, Malone previewed the latest in a line of RCA-brand Small Wonder portable devices: the slim-profile EX209HD HD-quality Webslinger digital multimedia camera ($119.99), a product he said would bolster the brand’s #3 position in market share in the category of portable digital camcorders.
Its Memory Manager software, embedded in the camcorder, requires no CD-ROM and launches automatically with the first USB PC connection. It and two other models are shipping in the first quarter. The 209HD features a two-inch LCD screen and HDMI connectivity for direct viewing of videos on an HDTV. It’s also equipped with a microSD card slot and can run for two hours on a rechargeable battery; 8-MP still photo capability is another feature.
More announcements made by Malone included the following partnerships:
• With Sirius XM (Audiovox takes over from Directed as the satellite company’s new N.A. distribution partner in February);
• With Sony (its Playstation 2 is being integrated into an Audiovox’s mobile electronics products, including an overhead docking unit and into headrest screens and quick-connect seat-top products);
• With Media Flo USA, to make 25 channels of that company’s live Flo TV service available in-vehicle at a $500 price with what Malone said would abe an “affordable monthly service charge.”
David Geise, president of Audiovox Accessories, announced nine new TV antennas in the RCA and Terk likes that include spinoffs of the RCA flat antenna models introduced in 2008. Features range from high-gloss black cosmetics to match flat-panel TVs to water- and UV-resistance for outdoor use. The RCA ANT751 outdoor antenna, also new, features a 40-mile reception range.