Sharp to Release Blu-ray Disc Player This Fall

This fall, Sharp Electronics plans to release its first Blu-ray player: the BD-HP205. The player will support 1080p output at both 24- and 60-FPS, and will include on-board Dolby TrueHD decoding, along with the requisite analog 5.1 outputs. For its I/O port standard, the BD-HP205 will support HDMI v1.3. One feature that the BD-HP205 that Sharp is already promoting is "Quick Start," touting the machine's ability to begin the playback of a disc with minimal delay after the insertion of a disc. Current Blu-ray Disc players on the market, with the exception of the PlayStation 3, suffer from loading times that are much longer than what consumers have become accustomed to when viewing DVDs. Unfortunately for U.S. customers, the upcoming player from Sharp is reportedly not planned for American shores.

News source: DailyTech

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"But, but, but Blu-ray is a Sony format!"

Or so goes the mantra of the HD DVD fanboy, who desperately clings to his HD DVD deck and insists that format isn't basically a hardware monopoly (Toshiba).

Why not the US? There is likely a lot of demand from tech enthusiasts for faster load times in blu-ray players here...Maybe we'll see something similar come along from Pan and/or Sony/Samsung early next year after this technology (whatever it is that makes discs load faster) gains some traction.