Philips Derivatives

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Television receivers based upon the Philips brand designs were produced by a number of manufactures over the years.  This section is intended to give some information on products made by companies that were linked, by various means to Philips.

I hope eventually to provide more detailed information on the various models along with images and technical data.  If you can assist with this in the form of information or images please do contact me. My sincere thanks goes to all of those who have contributed to this section including: Dazzlevision, Michael Maurice, Tazman1966, Ole, Bobbyball, Philips210.

History

Philips (in the UK), acquired Peto Scott (circa 1961) and the Cossor radio & TV division (circa 1958). Peto Scott and Cossor had made their own TVs prior to the takeovers. Philips made sets with these two brands appeared thereafter for a time, although the Peto Scott name soon disappeared on domestic stuff, whereas the Cossor brand ended circa 1964.

Philips used the Stella brand from the early 1950s for radios and TVs sold through wholesalers, whereas Philips branded products only went to appointed dealers.

When Philips acquired a controlling interest in the Pye/Ekco group in 1967, cosmetically restyled Philips products appeared under these two brands, although not colour TVs (apart from the jointly developed 18″ UK colour sets in the mid 70s; Philips 570 and Pye CT200 series) until the G11 in the late 1970s. Big screen mono TVs from Pye/Ekco used hybrid Pye chassis until the first Pye large screen all solid state offering, which used a Philips chassis (E2?) circa 1973. The Stella brand was dropped around the time Philips acquired control Pye.

The Pye/Ekco group also used the Ferranti and Invicta brands at the time Philips took control. The Ferranti name (appointed dealers brand) was dropped circa 1969 and the Invicta name (wholesale brand) was dropped in favour of Ekco in the early 1970s (after the Pye hybrid CTV chassis series). Previously, Ekco was only for appointed dealers. The Ekco brand was dropped soon afterwards (around the time Pye started producing their version of the Philips G11 chassis, in Pye’s Lowestoft TV factory).

Philips made TVs for Alba, including colour sets fitted with the G8 chassis at the same time as Alba were using Thorn 3500, 8000 and 8500 chassis.

In the 1970s, Philips UK company had interests in big rental companies, such as Visionhire and Lloyds, so there may have been rebadged Philips TVs sold buy these companies.

Dynatron Radio Ltd was a subsidiary of the Pye of Cambridge group when Philips acquired Pye in 1967.

Dynatron TVs had fancy cabinets but the internals were essentially standard Pye/Ekco mono TV chassis with embellishments, such as tone controls, push-pull audio output stages, motorised tuner for use with wired remote control, etc. Dynatron also offered colour TVs with similar refinements and these too used the contemporary Pye chassis.

Dynatron switched to the G11 chassis when Pye stopped designing their own chassis. They did incorporate a Philips N1500 VCR in one of their most elaborate colour TVs – it was incorporated into the cabinet. Around the same time, they offered a cordless remote control colour set which used a Philips ultrasonic system. It was interfaced to a Pye “731” 110 degree delta gun solid state CTV chassis.

Roberts used the Philips G8, G9 and G11 chassis in their Roberts Video sets. Philips sold Dynatron to Roberts around 1980, allowing Roberts to use the Dynatron brand for their TVs, which continued to employ Philips chassis. Roberts was subsequently bought by Glen Dimplex.

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Other Brands

Roberts Video (appropriately named!!!) used a ‘deluxe’ version of the G9 in a fancy cabinet.  This is thought to have been a one-off product.

Stella and Cossor produced models that may have been a badge engineered Philips chassis.  There was also a badge engineered Alba set that used the G6 dual standard chassis.

In Sweden Philips made sets branded Dux. These are thought to have only been sold in Sweden.  Many of these sets came to Norway because the were sold at a reasonable price from outlets by the border.  Norwegians have always done much shopping in Sweden. Philips and Bang & Olufsen (B&O) had close ties before. B&O and Philips shared some development. B&O used at least one Philips chassis. But this was only in some smaller sets (MX).  B&O used the CP90 in the MX1500 and later the GR2.1 & GR2.2

In 1954 Ekco took over Dynatron.  Ekco merged with Pye in December 1960.  In 1967 Pye themselves were absorbed by Philips and in 1980/1 Philips sold Dynatron to Roberts Radio.  A number of ‘very posh’ and ‘high-end’ Dynatron sets were produced that were based upon Philips chassis.

*More info to come as I get it*

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