FYI, at one point, Hisense was licensed to manufacture and sell TV sets carrying the Sharp brand; this happened for only four years between 2015-2019. In 2016, Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Technology Group) bought out Sharp, making Sharp a financial turnaround. Between 2017-2018, Sharp filed a law-suit against the Hisense company due to the quality of the Sharp-branded Hisense TV sets that made Sharp strongly feel that the licensing was used inappropriately. Then in mid/late 2019, Sharp bought back its television electronics subsidiary from Hisense, and since then, official Sharp-manufactured sets have returned on the market.
On the other hand, the Dutch-based Philips company has owned Magnavox since 1974, and currently has a manufacturing and sales partnership with Funai Electric Co. Ltd., through their P&F USA Inc. joint venture. Previously, beginning in the mid 1990s when Philips first started a partnership with Funai; the partnership was only for OEM manufacturing of certain electronics, such as VHS players/recorders and TV/VCR combos — Funai did the manufacturing, while Philips and mostly its Magnavox subsidiary did the branding. Sanyo (aka the Sony Rip-Off) was bought out by Panasonic in early 2011, then three years later, Panasonic licensed Funai to manufacture and sell products under the Sanyo brand. However, Panasonic does sell their batteries under the Eneloop product line, which was ran by Sanyo.
I’m into videotapes and old electronics stuff, including extenders, converters and analog 4:3 TV sets (which are obsolete these days), and Miss Bianca is my favorite character in Disney’s The Rescuers (1977) and its sequel, The Rescuers Down Under (1990). I am not a Roku employee, only a user like you. ~ Jordan
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