Sharp is to launch three new AQUOS combo units in Japan, featuring a Blu-ray player and Digital Video Recorder plus digital and analogue TV tuners.
Available with three hard drive sizes — 250GB, 500GB, or 1TB — they record to the hard drive in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format in any of three different bitrates (4.8, 8, and 12Mbps), so users can choose what quality to record at and, consequently, how much content can be stored.
Specifications are scarce, but it seems it won’t be possible to transfer footage to or from Blu-ray discs.
Available from July, with pricing to be confirmed, it’s not clear whether we’ll ever see these units over here.
(Via Akihabara News)