No More U.S. Philips Article and Possible Ramifications

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Richard Burzynski, Dec 24, 2001.

  1. Richard Burzynski

    Richard Burzynski Second Unit

    Jun 30, 1997
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    I read a good article on Philips last night. Dutch parent is giving U.S. CE (Consumer Electronics) Division 3 yrs to turn things around. If it doesn't happen, Philips will pull out of U.S. market.
    Possible Ramifications:
    * RPTV's. I don't think any dealers have waiting lists for Philips RPTV's, if you know what I mean. No biggie here.
    * Plasmas. I believe Philips was first manufacturer with a consumer plasma in U.S. market. However, a Philips plasma does not currently seem to be "the one to own." That title is passed on a weekly basis between models from Panasonic, Fujistu, and Pioneer.
    * CD Recorders. Again, I believe Philips made the first "affordable" ones for us. But, now there are several good brands to choose from. I am not too familiar with this product. Again, I don't think it'll be much of a loss.
    * The Pronto! Yes, the Uber Remote. If this comes from the CE division, and I'm guessing it does, that would mean NO MORE PRONTOS! Yikes! I can hear many people getting nervous now.
    * Marantz. I believe that Marantz is an independently run sub-division of Philips. But if Philips U.S. goes bye bye, then maybe Marantz as well? Oh my. More nervous people. I know for a fact that there is a loyal customer base to this brand.
    Any thoughts?
    Rich B.
  2. Dalton

    Dalton Screenwriter

    Aug 19, 2001
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    As far as I know, Marantz is no longer affiliated with Philips. They split earlier this year if i am not mistaken. Marantz is a stand alone company once more(I think).

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