Not for US consumption: The Philips 56″ Cinema 21:9 HDTV

January 31, 2009 by  

1-30-09-philips-cinema-219In one of the stranger moves in recent HDTV history, (and if one spokesman who talked to ZDnet recently is accurate), Philips’ quite awesome experiment in 21:9 HDTV displays, the 56-inch Cinema 21:9 HDTV (article about the TV itself in the link) won’t ever be available in the US.  And it’s a head scratcher as to why, the spokesman didn’t have an answer.

Why doesn’t Philips like the US for this device and why was this decision made? It missed much of CES 2009, it seems to have handed over its DVD and TV day-to-day decision making to Funai recently, and most of their top notch gear seems to only be planned to be available across the ocean. They seem to have developed a strange allergy to the American market in general of late.

It’s common sense that the Americans love their gadgets, and would snap this up if it landed on these shores. Who knows, they may change their mind. We hope Philips sees the light at one point.

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