Sharp is bringing Ultra HDTV at a more affordable value. The company just unveiled their 70-inch THX-Certified Ultra HDTV. The HDTV starts at $8,000 - it may seem much for a television but this is actually just a fraction of what has been quoted for a futuristic TV as such. The new THX Ultra HDTV from Sharp delivers four times more resolution than the average garden-variety HDTV.

People do not have to wait for a couple of years to get their hands on the device. Sharp will begin distributing the television by mid-August. Just as people expect, the television has some killer features to offer including a crisp 4k video, HDMI quartet inputs working with native 4k signals, SD card reader, USB ports and a thin-frame design.

The 70-inch HDTV will only take up as much space similar to the standard 65-inch TV. The rollout goes against Sharp's previous announcement regarding the redundancy of HDTV's. Sharp previously indicated that they can manufacture a similar picturing with a conventional HDTV for a lower or more affordable price.

In an attempt to do something more sensible and given the current state of HDTVs in the market, it can be interesting to see how the futuristic television from Sharp can par with the rest of the competition and existing offerings.

What about the 4k programming for these television sets? Sharp can answer that. Including a dual-core processor in the new HDTV, the company said it can upscale the standard HD video. Sharp will transform the video quality with they call "4K-like" 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. As the THX-certified 4k set is the first of its kind, people can expect higher quality videos unlike any other on the market. Spectators will have to wait until mid-August to test it out.

Intel is onto Television As Well

Cable companies are going all out in slowing down and even possibly stopping Intel and similar players from venturing into paid TV services using the internet. Any preventive measures from other companies do not seem to slow down the chip maker as it plans to roll out its web-connective TV box in the fourth quarter of this year.

"We're confident we'll have enough content to launch later this year to be a compelling offering for the consumer," Adage quoted Eric Free, Intel Media VP and GM for content and services.

"Sports are important to our consumers. We will have a compelling sports proposition for them."

"It depends on the licensing structure of the deals. But you might imagine we're engaged not just with the networks but with the leagues but for different things depending on what it is we're ultimately trying to put together," said Mr. Free. "Many of the networks have cleared rights around sports for [digital streaming] already, so there's not necessarily a need to have leagues at the table in that context. It's really when there are exceptions that we're trying to engage them."