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Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs expected by end of 2015

Ultra-HD-Blu-ray-Logo-LrgThe Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) will start licensing the Ultra HD Blu-ray format starting August 24th, and companies are expected to begin offering products, such as Ultra HD Blu-ray players and Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs by the end of 2015.

The next-generation disc format provides expanded color range, video resolution up to 3840 x 2160, and high frame rates up to 60fps. The format also allows for immersive, object-based sound formats.

In addition, Ultra HD Blu-ray will support a “digital bridge” specification that will allow consumers to view content across a wide range of devices.

The introduction of Ultra HD Blu-ray may help sales of 4k Ultra HD TVs, which have undoubtedly been held back by the lack of Ultra HD content available on television and online (in fact, most television has not even adopted 1080p (Full HD) programming due to lack of bandwidth).

At home, lack of enough bandwidth is also an obstacle. While some have said 4k/30fps can be streamed at 15Mbps, requirements are really upwards of 20-25Mbps for 4k/60fps. And, connected TVs must have H.265/HEVC decoding.

Critics have so far argued against the purchase of a 4k TV at this current time for those reasons.

But if Ultra HD resolution is available in a disc format, and titles are reformatted to the Ultra HD Blu-ray spec, lack of bandwidth and/or content will no longer be a reason not to buy a 4k TV.

Note that the BDA elected not use the term “4k” in their press release (see link below). While electronics manufacturers use the term 4k TV for marketing purposes, the term actually comes from film technology and is a slightly higher resolution than the Ultra HD specification (although hard to the average viewer to discern).

By its definition, Ultra HD holds a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels while 4k (as defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives), is 4096 x 2160 pixels.

 

With contributions from HD Report authors.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Physical storage media are sooo 2010!
    Besides, burned discs start degrading (lose data) the day they are created and will be progressively unreadable over time.
    Storing data on burned discs is only useful for short term storage: less than 6 months.

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