Philips Pronto Universal Remotes Die Off

Posted: Nov 1 2010, 7:23am CDT | by , in News | Home Entertainment

Philips Pronto Universal Remotes Die Off
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RIP Pronto

If you are a home theater fan with lots of components, you probably have a universal remote of some sort. Odds are that remote is either one of the Logitech Harmony offerings or it is a Philips Pronto remote. If you are a Philips fan, the future of support for your remote is murky with the announcement that Philips is killing the brand off.

Apparently, Philips shopped around for someone to buy the company and no one stepped forward. Philips has been selling Pronto remotes since the 1990's and the company unveiled a product not too long ago called the TSW9500 in-wall Pronto touchscreen.

"In December 2009, Philips announced the intention to relocate some of its existing remote control activities in Leuven, Belgium to Asia. At the same time, the intention was communicated to investigate alternative strategic options for the Pronto business, as this activity no longer fits with the Philips strategy. Following thorough research, no suitable partner was found for the acquisition of these activities. As such, Philips confirms today that it will discontinue the Pronto product line and related activities."

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