P&F’s Philips CE, Lifestyle Products Share Spotlight
P&F, the Funai Electric subsidiary that is the exclusive North American licensee for Philips TVs and home theater products, took the wraps off its Wireless Media Connect technology, to be available in the Philips 7700 Series Eco TVs and BDP7320 flagship Blu-ray player this fall. The technology, unlike competitors’ IPTV sets whose content is limited to select sites, will permit wireless access to any content that may be accessed on a computer, said Philips Consumer Video Solutions director of marketing Keith Michael.
That debut was but one point of focus in the company’s annual Holidays in June show, which covered product introductions in a range of categories including TVs, Blu-ray players, home theater systems, iPhone/iPod accessories, health and wellness products and computer and lifestyle accessories.
The Philips-branded edge-lit 40-inch 1080p 40PFL7705 LED LCD TV, slated for market debut beginning in July ($1,399.99), will benefit from Wireless Media Connect later, but will have built-in Internet connectivity out of the production gate. It is the first of a multiple-SKU 7700 series that will sell only on assisted salesfloors and will include 46- and 55-inch models later in the summer, said Michael. A 40-inch LED SKU in the new non-IPTV 7500 series is destined for big-box and club distribution and will also include the larger screen sizes later.
Michael said the company is “looking at 3D, but not this year,” focusing on development of “3D integrated into Blu-ray players.” He added, “a roadmap for TV is not 100 percent set yet. We feel that 3D is for early adopters, and price points won’t make it readily open for the average consumer” at the initial market stages.
In smaller screen sizes, LED sets are being offered in 32-, 22- and 19-inch panel sizes. The new HSBS2313 soundbar (July; $249.99) complements the moderately sized TVs and offers multi-directional speakers and dual HDMI switching.