Sharp is set to launch a new range of AQUOS HD TV’s complete with Blu ray recorders built in. The Japanese Company who are set to start making TV’s for Sony claim that the new Blu ray recorders will fit seven times more recorded content on them than a traditional Blu-ray disc.
The 52″ model which will be launched in Australia shortly has 1080p, 15,000:1 contrast ratios and 3 HDMI inputs.
All of the TVs have an Internet connection and support BD-Live, IPTV and Yahoo. However it is not known which of these Internet services will be available in Australia.
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The Sharp press release claims that an electronic program guide lets users set automatic recordings for the two digital tuners and that recordings can be made in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format and transcoded, with a dual-layer, 50GB Blu-ray disc capable of storing 30 hours of HD video.
Sharp is the first TV manufacturer to release an HDTV with an integrated Blu-ray recorder.
Australian pricing for the new Blu ray TV’s is not known at this stage.