Saturday, June 03, 2006

Blu-Ray

We all know about CD and DVD. Blu-Ray is the next generation optical disc format. It is also called as Blu-Ray Disc or BD. The key objective behind creation of Blu-Ray discs was to provide storage for high definition video and huge amount of data (as high as 25 GB per disc). Blu-Ray discs can also be dual layered like DVDs which means that they can store about 50 GB of data.

The Blu-ray discs will be available in the standard BD-ROM, BD-R and BD-RW formats as in CD and DVD drives. Most existing codecs like MPEG and WMV will be supported in Blu-ray.

The success of the Blu-ray discs will depend on the movie studios. If the studios decide to publish movies on Blu-ray discs the Blu-ray players will become an instant hit and more and more people will opt in for Blu-ray discs rather than DVDs. As of this writing, seven out of eight prominent movie studios have extended support for Blu-ray.

Many companies like Sony, Panasonic, Samsung etc are coming up with players that can play Blu-ray discs, DVDs as well as CDs.

HP and Dell are also planning to introduce the BD Drives in their upcoming computer models.

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