Tech News: Logitech is discontinuing its Harmony remotes.
Logitech said Friday that it will discontinue its Harmony line of universal remotes, ending years of speculation that the devices were on the decline. Models currently in stock at retailers will remain available while supplies last and the company said it will continue to provide support and service for the Harmony remote “as long as customers use it”.
“Although Harmony remotes are and will continue to be available through various resellers, Logitech will no longer produce Harmony remotes as of now,” according to a blog post on Logitech’s support page. “We do not anticipate any impact on our customers as a result of this announcement. We plan to support our Harmony community and new Harmony customers, including access to our software and apps to set up and manage your remotes. We also plan to continue updating the platform and adding devices to our Harmony database. In the future, customer support and warranty will also be offered. “
Logitech acquired Intrigue Technologies, the original manufacturer of the Harmony remote, in 2004. Harmony universal remotes were popular with consumers looking for a remote that could control all cable boxes, game consoles and streaming devices. Some newer models may also be used with smart home devices.
Logitech’s business grew significantly during the coronavirus pandemic as people worked and went to home school; in January, the company reported that third-quarter revenue was up 85% to $ 1.67 billion, enough to run its first Super Bowl commercial.
But with the rise of streaming services in recent years, universal remotes are no longer as important as they once were. Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell told The Verge in 2019 that Harmony was a small business for the company; he said, for example, that remote activity accounts for only about 6% of Logitech’s huge keyboard business.