Sharp to ship 4K NEXT UltraHD TV featuring Espial HTML5 client

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 
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Sharp Shipping AQUOS™ 4K NEXT UltraHD TV featuring Espial HTML5 Client Technologies

  • Newest Sharp 4K NEXT Smart TVs to ship beginning July

OTTAWA, Ontario — Transforming the viewing experience worldwide, Espial today announced that Sharp Corporation of Japan will begin shipping their newest lineup of AQUOS 4K NEXT (8K Resolution) UltraHD LCD televisions which incorporate Espial’s HTML5 Client software in July 2015 in Japan. With Espial’s Client, Sharp has created an immersive viewing experience which blends advanced television functionality with over-the-top video services and internet applications, including the new Hybridcast system, the new YouTube 2015 HTML5 app, HULU, NTT Hikari TV 4K HEVC VOD service, and 4K Web browser.

Hybridcast is a new system defined by the IPTV Forum which combines the best of broadcast and broadband to create a robust ecosystem of TV and web services. With Hybridcast, the TV displays high quality content which families can enjoy together, while running apps through Espial’s client as the TV program progresses. Second-screen devices, such as a smart phone or a tablet, work as companion devices to the TV, displaying program-related information from the Internet. They can also be used as a remote control.

“Sharp’s 2015 AQUOS 4K NEXT TV represents a true leap forward in viewing experience, thanks to their incredible 8K equivalent UltraHD video and leading innovations” said Jaison Dolvane, CEO Espial. “We’re honored to be working with Sharp, a true world-leader in consumer electronics, to bring the best of television combined with the best of the internet to Sharp’s customers.”

The new televisions – 4K NEXT model (LC-80XU30) – allow consumers to conveniently stream video from the Internet, as well as entertain as a gaming device (G-cluster). It is also easy for users to wirelessly display content – such as photos, video, etc. – from mobile devices so they can be enjoyed with stunning clarity and vivid color in 4K NEXT (8K) resolution.