News From CES 2009: Sharp Announces First LCD TV with Built-In BD Player

Posted Thu Jan 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM PST by Mike Attebery

Sharp is focusing its energy on the High-Def LCD and Blu-ray markets with a series of TV announcements and the first LCD TV with a built in Blu-ray player.

“Sharp continues to show why we are an LCD leader. But we’re also introducing several new products that complete the home theater experience," said Bob Scaglione, senior vice president and group manager, Product and Marketing Group, Sharp Electronics Corporation. Some of the highlights of the products introduced this week at CES 2009 in Las Vegas include two new widescreen LCD TV lineups, an 82" 1080p LCD option, and what it calls the world’s first LCD TV with a built-in Blu-ray player.

First up are the E77U and E67U model lineups of AQUOS LCD TVs. According to the company's press release, the E77 models feature the new 10-bit Superlucent Advanced Super View (ASV) panels, which allow for brighter, crisper pictures with reduced haze and reflections. The units also make use of enhanced technology for 120 Hz Frame Rate Conversion and a dejudder feature to eliminates background motion artifacts on BD movies. The units also feature a 176 degree viewing radius, five HDMI inputs (yowsers!), two component inputs, and a dedicated PC input. As for the E67 models, they also make use of the ASV technology, while offering four HDMI inputs (still not too shabby), 24p input capability, and two component video inputs. All units are capable of 1080p video resolution. In addition to these offerings, Sharp is also proudly touting its new 82" class LCD display.

Finally, the company has announced the AQUOS HDTV BD Series, the first high-definition series with a built-in Blu-ray player. Available in 52 inch, 42 inch, 37 inch, and 32 inch screen sizes, the unit take advantage of AVS panel technology, while incorporating stylish new design specifications, and a convenient swivel stand.

You can find out much, much more about each of these units by checking out the company's press release here.

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Tags: CES 2009, Industry Trends, LCD TVs, Sharp (all tags)