Sharp Electronics will release a liquid crystal high-definition TV (LC HDTV) wider than 50in some time this year, a company executive said yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The company will show a 65in model of its Aquos LC HDTV when the convention floor opens today, but refuses to specify whether this is the model set for release.
While he wouldn't say if the 65in Aquos is the LC HDTV that will be out this year, the company is billing that set as the largest LC HDTV in the world – for now, at least. It will come with a CableCard slot so that US cable subscribers can get high-definition television without a set-top box. Although other details of the new Aquos were not provided in advance of the official opening of CES on Thursday, Sharp did say that it will be displayed at the show in two "stunning" finishes – titanium and "piano black".
Like other vendors at CES this week, the company is forecasting a sharp drop in the price of HDTVs this year, saying it expects its sales to nearly double those of last year in the hotly competitive market. More than 70 companies offer HDTVs in the US, where the Consumer Electronics Association forecasts sales of 9m HDTVs this year.
Besides the 65in Aquos LC-HDTV, Sharp announced and will be showing two new widescreen sizes of DLP (digital light processing) rear-projection HDTVs, a 56in version due out in March for $3,299.95 (£1,760) and a 65-inch version out in May for $3,799.95 (£2,030).
The company also announced: