After making their debut at CES 2011, Sharp has started shipping its newest Blu-ray players. Each one is Blu-ray 3D ready with currently standard features like DLNA, Netflix, VUDU, Pandora and YouTube access built in, but are priced a step above the average deck these days. The lower end BD-HP25U lacks the included WiFi and IP control of the higher end models (dongle optional) while the BD-HP35U (pictured above) lacks only the RS-232 control port of its BD-HP75U counterpart. The BD-HP25U ($249) and BD-HP35U ($299) are shipping now while the BD-HP75U ($329) is due to arrive March 14, check the full details in the press release after the break.

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Sharp Ships Three 3D Blu-ray Disc Players in March

BD-HP75U, BD-HP35U, and BD-HP25U offer maximum picture resolution and full
Enjoyment of 3D/2D Blu-ray™ content with advanced installation and control features

· HD 3D 1080p/24 fps video output with Dolby® True HD and DTS® HD audio format decoding

Wireless LAN Ready for Netflix® / VUDU™ / Pandora® / YouTube Streaming

Playback video content streamed from DLNA® servers throughout the home

BD-HP75U and BD-HP35U feature IP control

All models are ENERGY STAR® qualified


BD-HP35U (MSRP $299.99) and BD-HP25U (MSRP $249.99) are available now, and the BD-HP75U (MSRP $329.99) ships March 14

Sharp Electronics Corporation is shipping all three of the 3D wireless Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) players it introduced at CES in March. Each model offers full HD 1080p/24 fps video output, the maximum picture resolution available, for superior 3D and 2D home entertainment experiences, as well as advanced installation and control features. In addition to 3D Blu-ray discs, the BD-HP75U, BD-HP35U and BD-HP25U provide consumers access to content from a wide variety of Internet sources, including Netflix®, VUDU™, Pandora® and YouTube via Wireless LAN. (The BD-HP25U requires optional Wireless LAN dongle VR-WL25). These models also enable consumers to take advantage of the latest surround sound formats such as Dolby® TrueHD, with lossless 7.1 channel audio reproduction that is bit-for-bit the equivalent of the master recordings, and DTS®-HD Master Audio.

Each new model plays standard-definition DVDs and files stored on USB drives, as well as AVCHD, DIVX Plus HD, JPEG and MP3 files. The HDMI® upscaling capability of each model even enhances the picture quality of standard definition DVDs by upconverting content to 1080p pixel-by-pixel, not just frame by frame as is the industry standard through Sharp Super Picture function.

When paired with a Sharp AQUOS® LCD TV, the BD-HP75U, BD-HP35U and BD-HP25U enable consumers to take advantage of exclusive performance and convenience features. Sharp AQUOS LINK and AQUOS PURE Mode provide seamless interoperability between Sharp AQUOS TVs and these Blu-ray Disc™ players via a simple one cable HDMI® connection as well as enhanced image accuracy.

The wireless LAN compatibility of each model also enables BD-Live™ access to real-time content from the Internet such as movie scene extras, new previews, games, chat and more. The Bonus View function delivers picture-in-picture special features, allowing for viewing of favorite movie scenes and added bonus features simultaneously on compatible Blu-ray discs. Each model in the line can playback video stored on DLNA® servers located anywhere in the home.

All models also provide two USB ports, one each in the front and rear, which enable easy playback of still and video images recorded in Divx Plus HD, JPEG and MP3 audio files. All models can perform auto software updates over the Internet to quickly enable the latest features and enhancements.

The flagship BD-HP75U model features home theater control via an RS232 port. Both the BD-HP75U and BD-HP35U feature IP control.