Philips introduces simple and easy internet access on your TV

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

European partners include YouTube, TomTom, eBay, MeteoGroup, Funspot, MyAlbum and Netlog

LISBON, Portugal — Signaling the start of a new generation of multimedia televisions, Net TV from Philips (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) enables simple, fast access to a wide range of entertainment and information websites from the online start page on the TV screen.
Net TV
The Net TV feature will be available on all Philips televisions in Europe in the 8000 series, 9000 series and Cinema 21:9 from Spring 2009 onwards. Through Net TV, internet content is tailored for the best possible viewing experience on the TV screen, and is easily accessed through the TV’s remote control, without the need for extra set-top boxes or service subscriptions, or for starting up a laptop.

Des Power, Senior Vice President Marketing Television, Philips Consumer Lifestyle, said: “Here at Philips we pride ourselves on offering simplicity to our customers. With Net TV, you can sit in your living room and use the remote control to access and interact with the websites you use most often. It makes sharing online videos or photos much more fun than standing behind a small laptop screen – and real-time news, travel information and weather can be checked and updated in seconds.”

Simplicity in information and entertainment from your couch

Net TV from Philips offers a selection of information and entertainment websites – including news, traffic, weather, online auctions, social networking, gaming, photo albums, user-generated content. The Net TV feature has dedicated and tailored websites from European partners that today include brand names such as YouTube, TomTom, eBay, MeteoGroup, Funspot, MyAlbum and Netlog which will be offered across Europe.

Net TV opens up the power of the internet onto the television screen

With the Net TV feature from Philips, consumers are able to:

  • Easily access information or entertainment on the internet without starting up a PC or laptop – they can just press the remote control
  • Quickly check the local traffic, news or weather with a great visual experience that is richer, as well as quicker and easier to read than teletext
  • Simply share those talked-about YouTube films with friends or family in a living room rather than everyone standing behind one laptop
  • View online photo albums online on your TV screen

Local languages and local information are relevant for European consumers

As well as pan-European services, Net TV from Philips will offer a wide range of local websites per country that have been specifically tailored to be viewed on a television. Research shows that consumers are looking for locally relevant information in local languages as well as pan-European, English-language information. For example, in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany or France, Philips intends to partner with leading providers of local news, weather, travel information, and sports information in Dutch, German and French respectively.

Internet is fully integrated for a quick and easy set-up

Net TV has been fully integrated within the Philips televisions in the 8000, 9000 series and Cinema 21:9. If the TV is connected to the internet with an ethernet cable or via Wi-Fi (WI-Fi is available in the 9000 series and Cinema 21:9) then the Net TV local start page is automatically generated. Websites within Net TV have been optimised for TV viewing based on the open IP-TV form (OIF standards), such as CE-HTML(CEA-2014 Web4CE).