Sharp has just unveiled its latest player, which has been dubbed the Aquos BD-HDV22 and it is hard to imagine just what they were thinking because this player offers a mix of some very old and very new formats.
The BD-HDV22 offers a combination of a Blu-ray disc player, a 250GB hard drive and a VHS recorder. Yes, I said VHS. Definitely a strange combination. Although I would not say that a VHS is completely obsolete at this point, I am sure they are still around in many homes, but I cannot imagine why anyone would want to buy a VHS/Blu-ray combo player. You would think that if you were moving up to Blu-ray quality then any VHS tape would look very poor and almost seem unwatchable at this point.
Anyway (and also possibly thankfully) Sharp is planning to release the Aquos BD-HDV22 only in Japan. It is expected to go on sale November 25 and will retail for a not so cheap $1,500.