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Sharp adds two 3D Blu-ray players to its lineup

Sharp adds two 3D Blu-ray players to its lineup
Ben Drawbaugh
Ben Drawbaugh|September 22, 2010 8:39 PM
What self respecting consumer electronics manufacturer doesn't offer a 3D Blu-ray player? None we can think of. So obviously it was only a matter of time before Sharp joined in. The BD-HP80U and BD-HP90U will both be available in September and offer a slew of streaming features like DivX, AVCHD, Netflix, Pandora and VUDU, in addition to their 3D Blu-ray playback abilities. Both are wall-mountable using VESA-standard mounts, but the BD-HP90U brings more -- it can operate horizontally or vertically with its included stand and adds RS232. Look for them on store shelves for $429 and $499 respectively. %Gallery-103056%
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BD-HP80U and BD-HP90U are definitive companions to 3DTVs
for enjoying Blu-ray™ video and wireless streaming content

Maximum Picture Resolution Available via HD 3D 1080p/24 fps Video Output Wireless LAN Ready
DIVX HD / AVCHD / MP3 / JPEG File Playback
Netflix / VUDU / Pandora Streaming

75mm VESA Mounting Patterns for Easy and Flexible Installation

ATLANTA, GA., September 23, 2010 – Sharp today introduces two 3D network Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) players with full HD 3D 1080p/24 fps video output for home entertainment experiences with outstanding and lifelike image clarity. In addition to Blu-ray 3D content, the BD-HP90U and BD-HP80U provide consumers access to content from a wide variety of sources, including Netflix, VUDU and Pandora from the Internet via Wireless LAN. Both models also play standard-definition DVDs and CDs, as well as DIVX HD, JPEG and MP3 files.
"These Blu-ray Disc players offer top-of-the-line performance and operation features that enable consumers to take full advantage of the 3DTV standard as well as the many diverse entertainment options available to them," said Bruce Tripido, associate vice president, Entertainment Products Division, Sharp Electronics Corporation.
When paired with a Sharp AQUOS® Quattron 3D LCD TV, the BD-HP90U and BD-HP80U enable consumers to take advantage of additional performance and convenience features including AQUOS PURE Mode for superior "dot-by-dot" delivery of 1080p content and AQUOS LINK™ function for seamless interoperability between TV and Blu-ray Disc™ player via a simple one cable HDMI® connection. In addition, HDMI® up-scaling even improves the picture and sound quality of standard definition DVDs by optimizing playback signals to 1080p.

Both models 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.
Wireless LAN compatibility 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.
The BD-HP90U and BD-HP80U have 75mm VESA mounting patterns for flexible installation. The BD-HP90U can also operate horizontally or vertically (with a supplied stand) and has a RS232 port control so it can be operated by universal remote control systems.

Pricing and Availability
The BD-HP90U and BD-HP80U will be available in September for MSRPs of $499.99 and $429.99, respectively.