Sharp to ship 'world's first' Blu-ray recording TV
Sharp has taken the wraps off its latest range of Aquos tellies, which, it claims, are the world’s first LCD TVs to feature integrated Blu-ray Disc recorders.
Sharp's Blu-ray recorder TVs will ship next month
Each of the 16 new models work with BD-RE 2.1 single- and dual-layer discs, in addition to BD-R 1.1 single- and dual-layer recordable discs. The recorder is wedged into a vertically slot behind the screen.
BD-R TV and friend
The 120Hz screens range in size from 52in to 26in, but while all of the big screens - 37in or bigger - provide a 1920 x 1080 resolution, the smaller sets have a 1366 x 768 resolution.
Models also come with two HDMI ports and will be available in a range of colours, including black, white and red.
Sharp will launch its Blu-ray Disc recorder Aquos sets into Japan next month and it’s thought the screens will be launched in the US before Christmas. A UK release date or priced hasn’t been recorded yet.
...It's a win/win for Sharp. Putting aside the rabid polarised views on BR for the moment, Sharp are one of the original members of the Blu-Ray consortium so have a vested interest in pushing a product they have put money into. And it will also encourage people to buy Sharp HD panels. It helps remove the consumer barrier for BR that "I can't justify buying another fancy DVD player".
It's got little, if nothing, to do with the BR recording side of things and virtually everything to do with BR playback.
I'm sure the embedded recorder works as a player too. I guess you could record something and give it to your mate.
I wonder if this gets around the encryption that Sky uses, since you would be recording what the TV is displaying rather than some output from the Sky box itself? Do they even still scramble the output from the Sky box?
So what do you do with the disk after you've recorded it? Take it out and play it in a blu-ray player? Why would you do that when you've got a player built into the TV? What's wrong with a HDD recorder? Bound to be more reliable.