“It’s going to be a high-def and flat holiday this year!” Predicts Philips
With a Gloria in Excelsis Deo for a fanfare and disco snowflake lights as a backdrop, Philips Consumer Electronics North America execs unveiled their 2006 holiday offerings at the Westin Hotel in New York this week. The big screens were on center stage, including a 37-inch “clear LCD” for $2000 that Scott Levitan, senior vice president of sales and marketing, says is the most popular size in bedrooms these days, as well as a 42-inch LCD and a 50-inch plasma. All of Philip’s premium flat panels are being shipped with the “Abilight” feature, a backlighting system that shoots out complementary colors of light from not just two but four sides this year. The ambilight feature can be turned off with a remote control, just in case you prefer not to be bathed in a pale green or ochre yellow glow.
Philips also announced they’ll be shipping a Blue-Ray consumer player in September for $999, as well as a new line of music players, a universal remote control and a PlaysForSure-compatible 30G portable media center. The company is also hoping that digital frames, those 7 or 9-inch photo displays, will be a hot holiday gift item.
The “Holdays in June” line show served as a farewell for Reinier Jens, who’s leaving his position as president of Philips North America for another Philips assignment in Europe. Jens is being replaced by Stewart Muller, formally of Olympus. Muller, who introduced himself to the assembled tech media at the end of event, called building relationships with retailers “our most important job.”