Sharp Introduced New Range of LED-backlit LCD TVs
If you had visited the Sharp Electronics booth at this year’s CEDIA show, then you would have been introduced to some of Sharp Electronics’ latest in AQUOS LCD TVs technology. The home entertainment specialist introduced some premium quality large-screen AQUOS® LCD TVs at value price points and demonstrated a full line of LED-backlit LCD TVs that provide excellent picture quality and ultra-low energy consumption.
In addition to the AQUOS LED LCD TV series, Sharp is introducing groundbreaking pricing on 60- and 65-inch class AQUOS LCD models, providing full-featured large-screen TVs to fulfill consumer wishes in this difficult economy.
Complementing the AQUOS LCD TV introductions is a new Sharp AQUOS Blu-ray player that supports BD-ROM Profile 2.0 for BD Live interactive features through an Ethernet jack-enabled Internet connection. The player will also provide consumers access to premium streaming video content for a first-class home theater experience.
“Sharp continues to develop and expand its high-definition display offerings, while keeping consumer needs and budget constraints in mind,” said Bob Scaglione, senior vice president and group manager, Product and Marketing Group, Sharp. “Our 60- and 65-inch class LCD price points provide a solution for consumers that have been waiting for very large LCD TVs to replace their older rear projection or plasma TVs. Sharp is committed to delivering the best quality high-definition products and we are making every effort to bring these innovations to the general consumer, like with the new AQUOS LED LCD TV Series that offers a premium picture without a premium price.”
Sharp has also recently made enhancements to its AQUOS Net™ service, which gives users instant access to customized Web-based content in the form of widgets, as well as real-time customer support. For an improved customer experience, multi-image side bar viewing has been incorporated to AQUOS Net capable LCD TVs to provide greater flexibility in navigating side bar widgets. This allows consumers to view several widgets of content at once. Earlier this year, Sharp added new content from Rallypoint to its roster of widgets, which currently includes content from Weatherbug to check the local forecast, NASDAQ for stock quotes, Accedo Broadband for casual games such as blackjack and Sudoku, UCLICK to follow daily comic strips, daily local NAVTEQ Traffic™ reports, AQUOS Gallery, which provides users with beautiful high-resolution 1080p images of scenery and nature, and a variety of web-based content from NBCU’s broad portfolio. Rallypoint is the leading provider of software and services for Internet-enabled HDTVs and interactive television. With Rallypoint’s services, consumers can access fantasy sports content and social networking features. At CEDIA, Sharp is announcing a new Sports Score Widget from Rallypoint for up-to-the-minute NFL scores, upcoming schedules, in-progress updates, final scores and league standings.
Through AQUOS Net, consumers also have access to unparalleled customer support for their television, including the ability to have dedicated AQUOS AdvantageSM advisors connect remotely to their TV to assist in adjusting the TV’s settings and optimizing picture quality for the best viewing experience. This interactive tool, known as AQUOS Advantage LiveSM, is easily accessible from the AQUOS Net home page. AQUOS Net is incorporated into the 40-inch class and larger new AQUOS LED LCD TV series.
The 2009 CEDIA Sharp Electronics booth featured a myriad of styles of AQUOS LCD TVs, ranging from the company’s widescreen 19-inch (18 ½" diagonal) screen class AQUOS LCD TV offering, up through 65-inch (64-33/64" diagonal) screen class sizes. These models offer energy-saving features and modern designs, with full HD 1080p models in six screen size classes as well as the availability of 120Hz in several models. The booth is also packed with advanced digital technologies that complement the flat-panel TV revolution and one-of-a-kind new digital technologies. In addition to AQUOS LCD TVs and Blu-ray, highlights include a range of iPod® docking systems that allow the user to charge devices and play music directly from any iPod device, as well as a powerful new Sound Bar for space-saving surround-sound audio home theater.