After 12 years, the remote that began the whole customizable touchscreen genre is being discontinued.
Posted by Daniel Tonks on October 29, 2010 at 4:25 PM
I’ve just received the news - after being on the market for just over 12 years and creating the entire customizable touchscreen universal remote control genre, Philips has decided to “divest” their activities and end the business before the end of the year.
From the official statement:
“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.”
This is all the more surprising given the recent new TSW9500 model announcement, significant ProntoEdit Professional 3.0 software development and the recent revamp of their entire website and software distribution policy.
I’ll post more information as it becomes available.
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