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Sharp BD-HDW20 and BD-HDW15 Blu-ray Disc Recorders Announced

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Sharp to Introduce Two New AQUOS Blu-ray Disc Recorders in Japan That Provide True Full HD Image Quality

Sharp Corporation will introduce into the Japanese market two new AQUOS Blu-ray Disc Recorders: the BD-HDW20 featuring a hard drive with a 1-TB (terabyte) capacity, the industry’s largest, and the BD-HDW15 with a 500-GB hard drive. Both models reflect Sharp’s consistent focus on true full HD image quality and are capable of recording and playing back digital HDTV data exactly as broadcast.

In designing these AQUOS Blu-ray Disc Recorders, Sharp placed emphasis on faithfully reproducing high-resolution video images from digital broadcasts and Blu-ray discs on the AQUOS LCD TV. They are equipped with hard drives from 500 GB to 1 TB in capacity, and also support dubbing (moving) video from the hard drive to BD-RE or BD-R discs. HDTV programs recorded on the hard disk can be dubbed (moved) to Blu-ray discs while retaining exactly the same image quality as broadcast, enabling users to easily create an HDTV library.

Plus, these models are equipped with AQUOS Fami-Link that enhances the compatibility between AQUOS LCD TVs and AQUOS Audio Systems. An accessory Fami-Link Remote is provided to enable both the AQUOS LCD TV and these units to be operated using a single remote control. AQUOS Fami-Link offers even greater compatibility with AQUOS LCD TVs beyond simple operation, including Photo System for viewing photographs, and other AQUOS Fami-Link functions based on connection via HDMI to the television.

Major Features

  1. Features key technologies that consistently focus on better image quality.
  2. Best match for the AQUOS LCD TV. AQUOS Fami-Link enables using the accessory Fami-Link Remote to control both the TV and the recorder.
  3. Supports 1080/24p video output to enable viewing Blu-ray movies at the correct frame rate in which they were filmed for the true flavor of the cinema. Plus, supports next-generation audio (bit-stream audio output) that lets viewers enjoy multi-channel sound.

Product name Blu-ray Disc Recorder
Nickname AQUOS Blu-ray
Model name BD-HDW20 BD-HDW15
Tuners Terrestrial/BS/CS110° digital x 2
Terrestrial analog x 1
Hard drive capacity 1 TB 500 GB
Suggested retail price Open
Date of introduction in Japan 1-Dec-07
Initial monthly production 10,000 units (combined total for the series)

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