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Philips Pronto remote control family offers consumers the ultimate Home Theater controls

Philips adds to award winning Pronto intelligent remote line up with new iPronto and TSU3000

LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2003 - Building on its leadership position in the intelligent remote control category, Philips Electronics showcased its complete line of Pronto remote controls today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). New to the Pronto line, the iPronto (TSi6400) and Pronto TSU3000, developed based on consumer feedback on the Pronto family, include new features and navigation controls enhancing the home theater experience. Allowing users to personalize and combine all of their remote controls into one, both remotes offer consumers the latest technology in a stylish and practical design.

"The entire Pronto remote control family features options that allow consumers the freedom to personalize their home theater experience," said Michael Lang, general manager, audio/video, Philips Consumer Electronics, North America. "Programmed to recognize more than 500 consumer electronic devices, the line of Pronto remotes is extremely versatile and redefines home theater control. We value consumers opinions regarding the Pronto family and we continue to develop home theater solutions based upon their feedback."

Introduced in 1998, the Pronto family of universal remotes boasts a single solution for consumers to control home theater and other infrared devices in the home including the iPronto, Pronto Pro TSU6000, Pronto TSU3000 and Pronto Neo TSU500.

Controlling The Future
The fully programmable iPronto provides a versatile solution to control home theater as well as the increasing number of electronic home automation products available. The iPronto gives the consumer the ability to configure the touch screen with the help of the PC editing software iPronto edit. The product can be completely customized to the comfort level of the end user. The result is the flexibility to control multiple windows of information with simple dashboard finger navigation. The system also allows users to view information about their favorite program with the Electronic Program Guide with Media Selection, access the Internet to check news and email, as well as utilize the multiple remote control functions. By utilizing wireless technology WiFi (IEEE 802.11b), iPronto is able to control devices out of their line of sight and has an always-on Internet connection by which new features and software can be sent to the unit by customer request.

The iPronto also features other built-in components that enhance the entertainment experience. The system features a built-in microphone and stereo speakers allowing users to listen to MP3s from the Internet and for future applications such as voice recognition and telephony. The iPronto also includes USB connectivity and a MMC/SD card slot for future applications and accessories. Battery powered, the iPronto includes a charger and a lithium ion battery. Currently available, the iPronto retails for $1,699.

Home Theater Control In The Palm Of Your Hand
Featuring four megabytes of non-volatile flash memory, the Pronto TSU3000 sports a stylish gray and polished silver casing, displaying images on a 16 gray scale 3.8" LCD screen. Radio frequency control has been added based on the success and positive feedback of this feature in the TSU6000. The TSU3000 also includes USB connectivity for quick and easy access to Pronto Edit.

Pronto Edit Software enables Pronto users to let their imaginations take control. By synchronizing the Pronto universal remote control to a PC, today's tech-minded individuals can program their Pronto to new levels. It allows users to import graphics such as channel icons or pictures of their A/V components. The software also creates an easy environment to create and edit macro commands, customize menus and layout the virtual buttons on the LCD screen enabling the user to control their IR devices with a single tap of the screen.

The touch screen remote also features exterior controls for additional ease-of-use. The four-directional navigation button allows users to easily browse through the menu screens, vertically through pages of each device and horizontally through the different devices, to control their home theater devices. Including a blue backlight for easy access while watching movies with the lights turned down, the TSU3000 is the perfect universal remote for the home theater enthusiast. Currently available, the TSU3000 retails for $399.99.

Color Control At Your Fingertips: Pronto Pro TSU6000
The Pronto Pro TSU6000 features a 256-color, high-resolution touch screen and incorporates 8MB of memory. Until the iPronto, the TSU6000 was the most powerful product in the lineup with an incredibly comprehensive database of infrared codes. This combined with its code learning capability allows the system to memorize home cinema devices in seconds so it can control current and/or future devices that may not be in its database. The user can fully customize button colors, channel icons and even background color. In addition, the Pronto Pro features a pick-up sensor that activates the LCD screen upon lifting the remote. Plus, with IR/radio frequency capability, the unit allows the user to control infrared devices in cabinets or in other rooms with the simple addition of a Philips RF receiver, available as an option for 9. The Pronto Pro features a slim, ergonomic, cutting-edge design with a silver casing and includes a recharging dock. Currently available, the Pronto Pro TSU6000 has a suggested retail price of $999.

First Time Control: Pronto Neo TSU500
The Pronto Neo TSU500 offers a more affordable option for consumers who want the benefit of a universal remote control that is customizable and easy-to-use. The Pronto Neo features a backlit touch-screen LCD display so users can select their favorite TV show simply by touching the screen. The unit incorporates 15 hard buttons for basic functions and utilizes cursor control for easier navigation through satellite or cable-box graphic interfaces. With the on board universal database and included Pronto Neo Edit software, users can customize their touch screen by simply connecting or synching-up the remote to any PC. The Pronto Neo has a suggested retail price of $199.99.

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world’s biggest electronics companies and Europe’s largest, with sales of $28.8 billion (EUR 32.3 billion) in 2001. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric shavers, medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, and one-chip TV products. Its 184,000 employees in more than 60 countries are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic appliances, components, semiconductors, and medical systems. Philips is quoted on the NYSE (symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at www.newscenter.philips.com/usa

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