Sharp Launches Aquos Net and Introduces New LCD TVs
While Sharp introduced a number of new LCD TVs, the most innovative news to come out of the company’s CES press conference was the creation of AQUOS Net, a free Internet feature that allows users to receive a number of Web-based services directly on their compatible AQUOS TVs. TVs with the AQUOS Net feature include an Ethernet jack and can be configured with ‘widgets” to receive weather, stock quotes, news updates and similar information. However, one of the most practical applications of the service is that it allows for better customer support, trouble-shooting and TV set-up. In fact, through AQUOS Net, a remote technician can even make adjustments to a consumer’s TV. For users who don’t have their Internet router near their television, Sharp is offering a powerline networking kit.
Among the company’s new TV announcements were the 1080p 52-inch 52SE94U ($4,199) and 65-inch LC-65SE94U ($10,999) which feature 27,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 120Hz processing, 10-bit ASV panels AQUOS Net, HDMI 1.3 and RS-232.
Sharp also announced a new Blu-ray player, the BD-HP50U which supports profile 1.1 for BD Live, HDMI 1.3 and 24 fps playback. It will come out this spring for $799.