Logitech said Friday that it is discontinuing its Harmony line of universal remotes, ending years of speculation 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 them.”
“While Harmony remotes are and will continue to be available through various retailers, Logitech will no longer produce Harmony remotes from now on,” according to a blog post on Logitech’s support page. “We do not anticipate any impact on our clients as a result of this announcement. We plan to support our Harmony community and new Harmony customers, including access to our software and applications to set up and manage their remotes. We also plan to continue updating the platform and adding devices to our Harmony database. Customer support and warranty will also be offered in the future. “
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 could even be used with smart home devices.
Logitech’s business grew significantly during the coronavirus pandemic as people worked and attended school at home; In January, the company reported that third-quarter revenue had increased 85% to $ 1.67 billion, enough to air 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 the remote business was only about 6 percent the size of Logitech’s huge keyboard business, for example.
Logitech is discontinuing its Harmony remotes