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INDIANAPOLIS, September 9, 2005 – Sharp's new series of Digital Cable Ready 45-inch HDTV AQUOS® Liquid Crystal Televisions, models LC-45GD7U and LC-45GD5U, provide consumers with an unparalleled home theater experience, full-spec HD 1080p resolution, vivid color and spectacular picture clarity. The new 45-inch models also feature TV Guide On Screen®, the consumer-friendly, free interactive programming guide that provides control over digital television viewing. Sharp is the worldwide leader in flat-panel LC-TV* and the LC-45GD7U and LC-45GD5U widen Sharp's already expansive line of offerings.

"AQUOS LC HDTVs provide the total entertainment package of a world-class picture and viewing experience, combined with a sophisticated design," said Bob Scaglione, senior vice president, marketing, Consumer Electronics Group, Sharp Electronics Corporation. "A high contrast ratio ensures an authentic cinematic experience and the electronic program guide gives consumers convenient control over cable programming with the touch of a button."

The new 45-inch AQUOS models include removable table stands and are available with titanium finish and detachable bottom speakers (LC-45GD7U) or a new piano black finish with detachable side speakers (LC-45GD5U), in order to easily meld with a buyer's personal taste and style. The new televisions are Digital Cable Ready with built-in CableCARD™ slots so consumers can easily connect to compatible cable systems for high-definition programming without the need for a separate set-top box.**

Featuring Sharp's Emmy® Award-winning LCD technology***, the LC-45GD7U and LC-45GD5U use panels produced at Sharp's state-of-the-art Kameyama factory. These panels feature 1920 x 1080 resolution (for full spec1080p HDTV picture compatibility), a true high aspect ratio and very high brightness (450 cd/m2), so the television can be placed anywhere, even near bright light sources without compromising picture quality. Plus, 170-degree viewing angles ensure that the TV screen can be seen from almost any spot in a room. Pixel response time has been enhanced with Sharp's Quick Shoot video circuitry for a dramatic, flowing motion that separates Sharp LC HDTVs from the competition.

For more information on Sharp's full line of Liquid Crystal Televisions, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J. 07430, or call 800-BE-SHARP. For online product information, visit Sharp's virtual press room at sharppressroom.com or sharpusa.com.

Pricing and availability

The LC-45GD7U is available now for a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $6,499.99
The LC-45GD5U is available now for an MSRP of $6,499.99.

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the Mahwah, N.J.-based marketing and sales subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of the core technologies that are integral to shaping the next generation of home entertainment products, appliances, networked, multifunctional office solutions, solar energy and mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands include AQUOS® Liquid Crystal Televisions, 1-Bit™ digital audio products, SharpVision® projection products, Carousel® microwaves, IMAGER™ digital multifunctional systems, and Notevision® multimedia projectors. Sharp Electronics Corporation employs approximately 2,000 people throughout the U.S. supporting more than 50 product lines.

*According to a 2005 report from DisplaySearch, an Austin, Texas-based market research firm, Sharp Corporation is the global leader in LCD TV.
**Cable system must deliver HDTV programming. Consumers should check with their local cable company to determine available HDTV channels.
***Sharp won a 2004 Technology & Engineering Emmy® for Award for Development of Direct View Liquid Crystal Display Screens.

In the United States, TV GUIDE and other related marks are registered marks of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. and/or one of its affiliates. In Canada, TV GUIDE is a registered mark of Transcontinental Inc., and is used under license by Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.

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