Despite the good price/performance ratio, HP's DLP televisions
are on their way out in favor of LCD and plasma based sets. HP revealed its
2007 lineup of HDTV’s that will be on display at next week’s Consumer
Electronics Show, and its roster of televisions no longer include DLPs.
According to an earlier report
on the topic, HP has invested heavily in DLP technology -- making the move away
from DLP a rather strange one. Market forces, such as increased demand and lower
costs for flat panels, may have had something to do with the decision to
concentrate on LCD and plasma.
When asked about its plans for new television products for
this year Pat Kinley of HP Personal Systems Group explained, “During 2007,
HP plans to concentrate engineering resources and marketing efforts towards the
growth segments in the HDTV category, which include LCD and plasma TVs and home
automation. As a result, we will sell through our existing 2006 inventory of
MDTV [microdisplay TV] units and not introduce any new models next year.”
The company's 2007 product roadmap is as follows:
2007 HP Flat Panel Televisions
2007 MediaSmart Televisions
quote: This announcement was kind of awkward for me, because I didn't even know that HP made TVs...