Sharp has announced the DV-SV97H, a DVD player with HDMI digital output and DivX video compatibility.
The player has progressive scanning and video upscaling features up to 720p and 1080i, and is compatible with the usual range of audio and video formats – DVD-RW/-R, DVD+RW/+R, CD-RW/-R, VCD/SVCD playback capability, MP3/JPEG/MPEG-4 decoder and DTS/Dolby Digital/MPEG Audio Stream Output.
According to Sharp, the HDMI upscaling technology makes the DV-SV97H a "future-proofed" DVD player and one that’s more likely to retain its value. However, without any recording functionality and with the arrival of HD DVD and Blu-ray later in the year, I’d certainly question that judgement.
It should be in the stores later this month, price to be confirmed.