The history of Sharp TVs from 2000-2022

Sharp Corporation in the TV segment suffered a loss in sales of its TV sets in mid-2000. Competition from Korean TV manufacturers LG and Samsung, and then from Chinese companies such as Hisense, intensified. In 2012, Sharp decided to sell its TV business to other companies, and the deal was completed in 2014. As a result, the Sharp brand (televisions only) was sold. Japan was no exception, the factories were sold in 2016 to Foxconn of Taiwan. Also, the Sharp brand for TVs was licensed to other TV manufacturers. You should know that Sharp televisions made by Sharp have not been sold since 2015. Sharp is now an iconic brand that other companies use. Therefore, there are several types of TV models depending on who makes them. I will try to talk about Sharp in this article.

Sharp TV brand in Europe

In Europe, SKYTEC UMC Management s. r. o. has bought the rights to produce TVs under the Sharp brand. r. r. o., including Sharp, and sold its television factory in Poland. At first UMC Management was not able to properly master the production of new TV models. Yes, and Sharp’s vision of (Foxconn) its brand changed. In 2016, Sharp decided to regain control of the Sharp brand for televisions. In 2016, Sharp and UMC entered into an agreement. According to this agreement, a controlling stake in UMC was sold to Sharp. Thus, Sharp regained control of the Sharp brand (televisions) in the European region. But since Foxconn owns the controlling stake in Sharp, it was Foxconn represented by Sharp that regained control of the Sharp TV brand for Europe. From 2017 to 2021, the production of Sharp TVs for Europe was handled by SKYTEC UMC Management s. r. o. A separate website was created to promote the Sharp branded consumer products. In 2021, SKYTEC UMC Management s.r.o. was renamed  SHARP Consumer Electronics Management s.r.o., and a single website was created for Europe under the Sharp Be Original brand. The TV components are manufactured in Foxconn factories and the TVs are assembled in Poland.

Brand Sharp TV US

In 2015, the rights to the Sharp TV trademark were sold to the Chinese company Hisense, including a factory in Mexico. Hisense began selling its Sharp televisions in America. In 2016, Sharp initiated a lawsuit against Hisense. In 2016, Sharp (the LCD and TV division was bought by Foxconn) claimed that the Sharp TVs produced by Hisense were of poor quality, damaging the image of the company, the owner of the Sharp trademark. In 2019, Hisense and Sharp reached an agreement to return the Sharp brand (in the U.S.) and manufacturing facilities back to Sharp. Sharp (Foxconn) had planned to resume TV production for America in late 2019. But it never happened, from time to time there are various reports that here, here Sharp will return to the American market, so in 2022 I saw a report of an agreement reached to install Roku OS in Sharp TVs. In any case, you have to understand that right now these are TVs developed by Foxconn as the largest electronics OEM.

Sharp brand TV Asia

Sharp retained the production of TV sets for Asia (Japan, China and some other countries such as the United Arab Emirates). Although the division itself and the factories were bought by the Taiwanese company Foxconn. Sharp televisions are sold under the Sharp AQUOS brand. They differ from TVs made by other companies under license in that they have screens made by Sharp. Because of this, their price is higher than that of other manufacturers. However, Foxcoon is expanding sales of Sharp TVs in Asia and China.

Sharp TV serial number lookup, Sharp TV model number lookup

Given the large number of manufacturers of Sharp brand televisions, I can tell you that the easiest way to find the model number and serial number of your TV is with the sticker on the back of the TV. Look on the other side of the TV and you are sure to find a sticker with information about the TV, model number and serial number. You might be able to find the TV information on the TV menu as well, but finding information about the model number can be very individual, depending on who made the TV.

Sharp TV Model Number explained

In 2019, Sharp TVs received new model numbers. Which with slight variations will be applied to all Sharp TVs regardless of the region. This is the company’s policy of reverting to the unified brand and quality management of Sharp TVs.

Example model number decoding for Sharp TVs from 2019 (Foxconn production) Japan, China, Asia


  • 4T – TV screen resolution
    • 8T – 8K
    • 4T – 4K
    • 2T – Full HD
    • T – HD
  • C – LED TV
  • 65 – screen size diagonal inches
  • BJ3 – a TV series, in each series there are some features sound quality screen type, etc.
  • EF2NB – tuner type and design

Sharp AQUOS TV explanation

Sharp AQUOS This brand was invented at Sharp. The goal was to distinguish TV sets from other brands. Initially it was assumed that these would be TVs with special parameters, originally such TVs were equipped with displays made by Sharp. Since the displays are made in Japan, it is assumed that they are better. But whether this is true is hard to say, the factory in Japan is quite old, although Sharp makes quite high quality displays. Now Sharp AQUOS are TVs made in Japan by the former Sharp division, now run by Foxconn.

Sharp TV model number US 2015-2018 ( by Hisense) explained

These are the model numbers that Hisense used for Sharp TVs in the US, Canada and Mexico. The TVs were assembled in Mexico, the screens and electronics were manufactured in China, mostly in Hisense factories. There is minimal information from the model number, this is typical of Chinese TVs. The meaning of the TV model number can be explained as follows.

  • LC – TV
  • 55 – size screen
  • N – year
    • Q – 2018
    • P – 2017
    • N – 2016
  • 7000 – series
  • U – country for sale TV

Sharp TV model number 2020-2022 Europe explained

In the picture I have shown the number structure of the Sharp TV models that started to be produced in Europe in 2020.

Now I will explain how to understand the model number of a Sharp TV, such TV models you can find in stores in Europe. Let’s look at the model number 75EQ4EA.

  • 75 is the screen diagonal size in inches.
  • E – year of development
    • E – 2022
    • C, D – 2021
    • B – 2020
  • Q – display type, in this case Q means that the TV is equipped with a QLED display. Other letters mean other types of displays, it is difficult to say which ones, there is very little information on the official website, and to be honest, I have no particular desire to sit and look.
  • 4 – TV series.
  • EA – the region for which the TV is made, Europe. But perhaps the company has ambitious plans to conquer other markets. At the moment, the TVs in this division are only made for Europe.

Sharp TV model number 2015-2018 decode explained Europe

From 2015 to 2019, TVs produced by UMC had their own model numbers. The televisions were assembled from OEM components, most likely after the takeover of Sharp (producing only televisions) by OEM Foxcoon, steps were taken to standardize the televisions. Starting in 2019, other model numbers are already being used in Europe. I can assume that there were simulated model number structures that Sharp used previously for televisions they are similar.


Decoding example, Sharp TV model numbers LC-55CUG8462KS

  • LC – TV device
  • 55 – inch screen size

What is the display in a Sharp TV

  • С – type matrix screen on TV,  From 2017 this does not apply in the model number.
    • С – LED телевизор,
    • S – 3D support,
    • Х – screen with 4 colors RGBW (red, green, blue, white).

This designation was used until 2017. It has not been used since 2017.

  • U – Screen resolution in this case, UHD or 4K
    • U – UHD
    • F – Full HD
    • H – HD

What year my TV Sharp

  • G – the year of development of a model, can be conventionally considered the year of assembly. Sharp, like other TV manufacturers, updates models every year, usually presenting new TV models in the second half of the year.
    • I – 2018
    • G – 2016-2017
    • F – 2015-2016
    • E – 2014-2015
  • 8 – series
  • 46 – model in the series
  • 2 – type tuners in TV
  • K – region for which released the TV, such as K – means that the TV is released in Ireland or the UK, it has support service broadcasting Saorview Ireland or support similar service Freeview HD for the UK.
  • S – S frame color screen – Silver.

Decode  Sharp TV model number 2015

This is another example of explaining the model number of Sharp’s 2015 TVs.


Sharp TV model number before 2015 (made by Sharp)

Decode old models Sharp TV until 2015


  • LCcode assigned by the manufacturer to indicate that the product belongs to the class televisions.
  • 60screen size  inches   LC-60ххххххх
  • LLCD    LC-60Lхххххх
  • 8series LC-60LЕ8хххх
  • 5year development  LC-60LЕ85ххх
  • ЕEurope

How do I know what year my Sharp TV is?

year development   LC-60LЕ857RU,

  • 2 – 2010
  • 3 – 2011
  • 4 – 2012
  • 5 – 2013
  • 6 – 2014
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  1. Please help, I’ve been searching online for hours and am finding multiple different things and it’s all super confusing, I tried figuring it out but I feel like this tv is just different in itself.
    Model = LC-42D65UT
    S.N. = 906821839

  2. Good evening
    My Sharp (Aquos) model# LC-90LE745U
    serial #301812562
    Has stopped working.
    I was watching TV and is it flashed (an internal issue)and now it does not work.
    Tried different outlet -it’s completely dead.
    Any idea of what could had happen to it?

  3. Greetings! Can you tell me the difference between models “LC-15B4U-S” and “LC-15B4U-SM”
    i.e what does the “M” offer here?
    I’m researching this unit for buying and finding both models available … i.e. pictures of back of item on ebay listings confirm model numbers (some with M and some without) …
    I’m looking or best multi-signal version (svideo ntsc/pal) … both models appear to look the same and have the same features, but I don’t want to make a mistake. Any insight you can offer would be great.

    NOTE: Looking closer I can see that the SM version is “Assembled in Mexico” while the “S” version is “Made in Japan” – I suspect that’s the main difference … I suspect I just answered my own question ..

  4. Is my 10 year old Sharp AQUOS tv (LC60LE 65 OU)able to stream or cast from my I phone?

    • Even if this TV is Smart, it is outdated, most streaming services do not support such TVs.

    • I don’t know, but most likely some outdated version of Android TV. It’s not the original Sharp, outsourcing the brand.

  5. Can someone please help me. I have an older Sharp TV that I am trying to figure out what model it is. The Serial # is 50G182565H05572. I can’t find anything on that #. I now remember when I went to register it with Sharp that they struggled with the Serial # too. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    • You won’t know anything from the serial number, you have to find the model number of the TV. As of 2014, it is no longer Sharp, only the name remains.

  6. 4T-C55CJ2X
    Which year of make is this?
    How to make this TV Bluetooth enabled?

    Can someone help me please?

    • 4T-C55CJ2X – model 2020-2021
      The TV does not have a Bluetooth module, Bluetooth is not supported

  7. tv 60in sharp lc 60n6200u, tv fell and screen damage done. 2016 8,2 tv was bought. my question where could i buy same make, and model or can my tv be repaired, and where in phx az if known.

    • TV Sharp LC-60N6200U-TV made by Chinese company Hisense, discontinued, obsolete model. It is easier to sell the TV as is for parts, it will cost 70-100 dollars. And buy a new TV. Repairing the TV will cost 30% more than buying a new TV. U.S. Tech Support, phone 1-888-935-8880, email

  8. Hello, I would be grateful if you could tell me the SH etc model number of the correct remote for my LC-39LE751K Sharp tv. I have tried different Aquos remotes and they either do nothing or very little (channel change or volume etc) I want to get a full featured remote like t he e original. Thank you

    • You have an original SHARP TV. Unfortunately, Sharp has discontinued production of televisions. You can only buy a replacement remote, try this model

  9. Hi,
    Can someone help me with the year of manufacture of Sharp TV model LC-40SA5100M.
    Thank you.

    • This 2019-2020 model is not an original Sharp model, this model is produced under license from Sharp for the Philippines, Malaysia and other countries in the region.

    • The TV is released in 2020. There must be updates, try updating through the TV menu. Since Sharp discontinued the TV in 2014. This TV model is being outsourced for assembly. It is very difficult to get support for these televisions.

  10. Would the SHWRMC0128 remote be a suitable one for my C55UK7352EB55U SHARP TV? Thanks again for your possible answer. Best, Nico

      • Hello, I would be grateful if you could tell me the SH etc model number of the correct remote for my LC-39LE751K Sharp tv. I have tried different Aquos remotes and they either do nothing or very little (channel change or volume etc) I want to get a full featured remote like t he e original. Thank you

  11. Hi, i have a TV SHARP C55UK7352EB55U (with remote QC PASS DH1910219621) – is it it same model as SHARP LC-55UI7352K for which i can fond a replacement remote? If not, how can i use the remote code to find a replacement? Many thanks in advance.

    IT’S MODEL IS LC-70LE650M.

  13. Hi Anatoliy Sheridan
    Thanks you so much for your reply.
    I want to get orginal remote controller for my LCD tv
    Can send me details such as correct remote model no and pictures.
    I am using LCD model no LC-50LE 460X
    2014 model ..
    Secondly. My tv power by LED or tube back light.?
    Thanks again.
    Gurmit singh

    • 65a6109uw is the main board number made by the Chinese company Hisense. It was used to manufacture Hisense and Sharp TVs. Hisense manufactured Sharp TVs under license from 2015-2019.

  14. Would you mind telling me what year my Sharp TV was manufactured and what the characters represent in the model # LC-46D65U please? Thanks, George H.

  15. I have a Sharp Aquos LC-55UB30U TV. It recently had an automatic software update and Miracast quit working. How can I get the previous or an older version of the software to load to it?

    • This Sharp is made by Hisense, the OS on the TV is Android, Miracast should work, first clear the memory cache and temporary files in the TV by unplugging it for 3 minutes. After that, try the settings again.

  16. Dear Anatoliy,

    I am considering 4T-C70AL1X.

    Can you help me confirm below ? if it is:
    1) Assembled In Japan?
    2) using Sharp made-in-Japan LCD production screen/panel?
    3) Which year was it manufactured?
    4) Whats does last character “X” stands for?
    5) Sufficient to handle current standards for sound and visual quality? 🙂

    • Some televisions are outsourced to the Taiwanese Hon Hai Group (Foxconn). Premium TVs, large high-end models are assembled at the in-house factory (Kameyama City, Mie Prefecture). Sharp makes LCD TV panels at its domestic factory (Sakai District, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Sakai Display Product Kokai). But this is only for Japan, Singapore.

  17. Dear Anatoliy! Would you be so kind to help with my Sharp TV model LC-37X20E. After reset I have red screen which says “industry init error (7213)”.

    • Sharp is blocking the power on in case of errors. You can try resetting it, but it is better to contact a service center.
      To reset, try the following.

      1. unplug the power cord by holding down the source button (AVTV) and the volume down button.
      2. Insert the plug into the outlet (without releasing the previously held buttons).
      3. When the screen appears, release the buttons.
      4. The letter K will appear on the screen. This is the factory debugging mode. In this mode, there are only two levels of volume increase and decrease: 15 and 30.
      5. Press and hold V – and CH. – at the same time. The English menu will appear.
      6. Use the arrow buttons on the TV remote control to switch to the second page of the menu.
      7. In the first column of the second page, press reset to the factory settings. Or in some models select “ERROR NO RESET” (error reset, number equal to the number of faults).Make the error reset.
      8. Disconnect the power plug after resetting.

      The TV should turn on.

    • I want my tv which i bought 2nd hand from my friend.
      Can I know what year is this model manufucture .
      LC-50LE460X and it’s full spec

      • This is a 2014 model, look up the specs online, technical support for the TV has been discontinued.

    • Hi
      Thanks for early reply and great to hear from an expert
      Following questions need info
      1)what is correct remote controller for
      LC-50LE 460X which manufactured on year 2014.Trying to get orginal model.
      2) On this year 2014 ,LC-50LE 460E under sharp or under Hisense ..
      It’s this manufacturer in japan or in Malaysia.
      3) can you send me user manual
      4)what is most common problem with this model and how to prevent it..
      Again thanks for your reply

      • LC-50LE460X remote sharp part code 9JRMYNEW00778
        Manufactured by Sharp
        which country it is assembled in, most likely Malaysia.

  18. What is the difference from a 50n7003u and a 50n7000u? I’m trying to get a replacement remote but I’m not exactly sure what model it is because it’s scratched off but it has only 1 button or toggle switch on bottom of tv and it is in a black casing

  19. Hi there,
    This is a very helpful webpage. Unfortunately online search didn’t help me answer my question: Is my LC-60P6070U an Aquos tv or not?
    Please help me understand.

    • This is a 2018 TV made by Hisense. The Aquos brand has also been licensed. Yes this Aquos TV.

      • Hi Anatoliy,
        I was asking in order to find out if Disney+ app will be available for download on the TV itself, but since I have Google Chrome Ultra I am casting from my phone. Therefore, I don’t need to install any apps on the TV.

        BTW Netflix app is struggling on LC-60P6070U. It closes unexpectedly and I have to login again. Youtube app is ok. But when watching for prolonged hours, it starts slowing down as if operating memory is overloaded. I have to turn it off and also unplug from the outlet for a minute or so. After “rebooting” Netflix requires login again.

        • Hello,
          Yes Disney + should be available. Unfortunately some Hisense TVs are a bit problematic.

  20. Hi,
    Could you please tell me the manufacturing year for a Sharp Aquos LC-42D43U ? Do you know if it will work with a digital antenna to receive a few local channels OTA? A relative of mine would like to buy this used model for $80 CAD and is wondering if it’s worth it. It seems to be in good condition & work well.

  21. Trying to figure out about our TV
    Model number LC-40-D68UT
    S/N 006838241. What year it was made and getting an owners manual, and what type of TV it is

  22. Trying to figure out about my TV.
    Model number LC-40D68UT
    S/N 006838241
    We bought it at Sears
    What type of TV and year it was made , trying to get an owners manual

  23. Hi … Planning to buy a Tv. Can U pls tell me about Sharp LED Tv model 4T-C60CK1X. The year & country of manufacturing and whether it was made by Sharp itself or some others.
    Thanks in advance.

  24. I was wondering if you could tell me a little bit about the sharp aquos model # LC-52D65U
    And its value

    • Salut, c’est une vieille télé de 2007. Le MAC ne peut être connecté que par câble, par exemple HDMI

  25. TAB
    I have an LC-60LE820UN can’t figure out the year.
    But moist importantly the power just cutoff in the middle of show. I have ensure good power to the outlet and that the remote works with the peripherals. Nothing.

    Any ideas? Thanks in advance,


  26. Hi,

    I have Sharp TV model number 39LE350E with 4 HDMI ports. I would like to use an Amazon Firestick on it but I am not sure if the HDMI ports are compatible due its age.

    Is it possible please?

    Thanks in advance for your help.



  27. Wow, you have taken the time to answer so many people’s questions. What a blessing! Don’t know if you have time anymore to answer one more but my brother passed away last year 2020 and I had his Sharp TV that was bought in 2018. I was trying to use your decoding just to see but couldn’t find one with the L & B in it.. It’s LC-43LBU591 and another place says all that with a U at the end. Assuming it is a 2018 tv 43 inch, I believe it has Roku (even tho I do not know what that is right now). We haven’t set it up yet. He bought it from Best Buy, USA.

    • Model 2016
      Roku Yes
      Manufactured by Hisense


      For product inquiries or accessibility assistance, please contact us with the information below: product is manufactured for Best Buy China Ltd, as trustee for Best Buy China, and distributed andwarranted by Best Buy Purchasing, LLC(7601 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, Minnesota, U.S.A. 55423-3645) under brand license by SHARPCorporation.©2017 Best Buy China LTD. All rights reserved. SHARP is a registered trademark of Sharp Corporation; used under license by Hisense International(Hong Kong) America Investment Co., Limited All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

  28. I’m having trouble decoding these
    1) LC-60LE745U
    s/n 203822972
    2) LC-70LE745U
    s/n 205821773
    3) LC-60LE745U
    s/n 202811558

  29. I have a model LC-20B2UA that my husband, now deceased, left me, but I can’t seem to figure out where the power cord plugs into this TV. I tried calling Sharp, and Hisence answered but one person hung up on me when I gave him the model #; the next one said she would transfer me, but sent me to a number that was no longer in service. So, I’m reaching out for help here. Thank you.

    • Your TV has an external power supply (AC adapter) that connects to the TV with a DC 13V round connector. Look for the power supply, a small rectangular black box. Or you can buy a new adapter

  30. I have a Sharp TV model #LC-80LE650U. Can someone decipher the code for me? I also have the serial # if needed. Trying to decide on using it or selling it. Is it a good TV? It was given to me at no cost

    • This is a 2013 model of TV. Manufactured by Sharp, the TV has an LED screen made by Sharp, Full HD screen resolution, frame rate 120 per second.
      It’s not a bad TV, but a little outdated by today’s standards

    • Produced SKYTEC UMC Management s. r. o.
      but there is no such model on the official website.
      Cheap Chinese product, made in China OMD manufacturers.
      Brief description, the TV is very bad.
      2019 – year

  31. We were given a LC-32GD4UM
    Need to know if it has HTMI capability?
    We don’t have cable can a dvd/blue ray be hooked up?
    Is it WiFi accessible?
    What year is it?

    • AV in, COMPONENT in
      AV in, COMPONENT in
      S-VIDEO in, AV in
      HDMI in (Type-A) with HDCP
      Audio in, DVI-I in with HDCP
      2004 – year

  32. Curious what year this one is: Sharp C-3704S

    It’s an old TV. I just replaced it with something modern ;).

  33. My tv has all components from a sharp LC-60E69U, but it is a Starvision LTV6009B. All I require are the CCFL back lights or the LED upgraded lights.
    Please help

    • If your TV is assembled after 2016, it is Hisense. It is not possible to know anything by the serial number.Tell us the model number of your TV.

    • this is a TV model modification LC-70LE640U
      LC–code assigned by the manufacturer to indicate that the product belongs to the class televisions.
      70–screen size inches
      C–LCD screen illumination with lamps, not LEDs
      4–year development 2012
      00 – model
      U – North America

  34. How I am trying to find out the manufacturer day of my TV

    I’ve got a serial number
    And a model number Can anybody help
    Serial number
    k 208033741

    Model number

    • Sharp TVs are made by different companies. In Japan, TVs are manufactured by Sharp. In the USA, Canada, Mexico, Hisense was produced until 2019. Since 2019, the brand has returned to Sharp, but television production has not begun. Europe to from 2012 to 2017 UMC (Universal Media Corporation) order TVs in China. Since 2017, UMC has been a joint venture with Sharp.
      Therefore, it is very difficult to determine something by the model number.


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