Sharp said on Wednesday it would start selling a Blu-ray DVD player in March.
The BD-HP1 is equipped with an HDMI interface and supports playback
of BD-R/RE (single-layer) besides the BD-ROM, DVD±R/RW and
which can also be used as a DVD recorder when hooked up to Sharp's Aquos-brand LCD TVs. Its recording function is not compatible with other TVs.
In addition, the device has the ability to record high-definition
images from video software and digital broadcasting sources on
BD-RE Blu-ray Discs. Using what Sharp calls a "Hybrid Recording
function", the device allows users to record high-definition
programs received by the AQUOS digital tuner through Sharp's
i.LINK interface. Note that its recording function is not compatible with other TVs. The player also has the Easy BD Dubbing function, which allows users to transfer programs recorded by an existing AQUOS HD Recorder to Blu-ray Disc without losing the
The BD-HP1 will go on sale in Japan on March 20, and the Osaka-based company expects it to sell for around 150,000 yen ($1,238).