Philips Kills Off the Much Loved Pronto Remote Range Completely

Philips Kills the Pronto Remote

It’s a sad day for lovers of the Philips range of Pronto universal remote controls.  According to CE Pro Philips has pulled the plug completely on the Pronto business after 2 years of looking for a buyer.

Corporate speak says that the Pronto “activity no longer fits with the Philips strategy”.  We still have our original old green Pronto from the 90’s – one of the very first bits of smart home tech we brought to the Automated Home.  Read on (with a tear in your eye) for the release…

“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.”  [Via: CEPro]

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2 Comments on "Philips Kills Off the Much Loved Pronto Remote Range Completely"

  1. Paul Gordon | November 1, 2010 at 9:53 am |

    That is indeed a shame… over the years I’ve had several Prontos’ always lusted after the next one up (but always thought they were just a tad too expensive)..

    Now I wonder, – should I keep my current Pronto’s as “collectors items”, or should I sell them on eBay as quickly as possible?….

  2. The Masked Installer | November 4, 2010 at 11:37 am |

    anyone want a TSU9600? And serial extender?

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