discs have been around for a long time now, and really took off in
adoption thanks to the PlayStation 3. When the format first came out
it was mostly for HD movies and killed off HD DVD. Today the format
is still big for movies and it is used for storing large amounts of
data on optical discs with a Blu-ray burner. Blu-ray players have
only recently dropped to sub-$100
prices. The lower price should push adoption of the format.The
Blu-ray Disc Association has announced that formal enhancements
to the Blu-ray specification are coming soon. The new
enhancements will include a new BDXL specification that targets are
markets where archiving large quantities of data is common such as
broadcasting, medical, and document imaging.The BDXL
specification will have discs that are write-once and will store
100GB and 128GB of data per disc. There will be rewritable discs that
can store 100GB of data. The 100GB disc will have three recordable
layers and the 128GB disc will have four recordable layers. A version
of the BDXL specification is also coming that is targeted at
consumers.“Professional industries have expressed a desire
to find optical disc solutions that enable them to transition away
from magnetic media for their archiving needs,” said Victor
Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc Association Global Promotions Committee chair.
“Leveraging Blu-ray Disc to meet this need provides professional
enterprises with a compact, stable and long term solution for
archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images
using a proven and widely accepted optical technology.” The
second new enhancement is an Intra-Hybrid disc or IH-BD. This disc
incorporates a single BD-ROM layer and a single BD-RE layer. The
BD-ROM layer is a read only layer that allows a maker to put content
on the disc that can’t be changed. The BD-RE layer is a write once
layer that allows the user to add their own data and content or the
disc. Each of the layers on the IH-BD will hold 25GB of data and are
designed to work on existing 25GB and 50GB discs.
quote: A version of the BDXL specification is also coming that is targeted at consumers.
quote: What else does that mean?
quote: A consumer version of BDXL is also expected, particularly in those regions where BD recorders have achieved broad consumer acceptance.
quote: by bplewis24 on April 6, 2010 at 11:23 AM You guys should probably read up on this new spec before commenting on it. It is NOT intended for home media, and is not an attempt to get you to buy a new device. But hey, you keep arguing against a straw man. Brandon
quote: Yet another world wide blockbuster exclusive that no other console comes even close to with graphics, sound, storyline and depth. Incredible game that clearly takes advantage of Blue Ray!
quote: It does not do.. Other OS (anymore)
quote: It does not do SACD's (anymore)
quote: It does not play Ps2 games (anymore)
quote: and now it will not play new BD's..
quote: The same people that complain that the new, cheap PS3s don't have all the functionality of the original PS3s, didn't buy when those features were available.
quote: Champagne taste on a beer budget.
quote: Sure, but there's also a legitimate criticism of a company when they spend so much time and effort touting features, and the superiority of their product due to those features, only to remove those features over the life of the product. It indicates poor vision and sloppy execution of the product, which are not exactly confidence boosters. Comments by Sony's CEO shortly after Kutaragi was given the boot support this.
quote: Some beer costs more than most champagnes.
quote: Nothing like removing functionality as time goes on =P..
quote: I for one will completely drop BD in favor of digital downloads if they even attempt to try to get us to buy new devices.
quote: Since when has the blu-ray even come close to selling what the DVD first did.
quote: by bplewis24 on April 6, 2010 at 11:24 AM A while ago.Brandon
quote: Movies are over priced
quote: Look at the production cost to make a movie
quote: Either the movie companies are giving us a great deal or the music companies are over charging.
quote: No sense in wasting money after all.
quote: 1. Most people can't see any difference on movies.
quote: 2. DRM is a nightmare and mostly prevents people watching their own movies on computers.
quote: 3. The audio on most BD movies is 16 bit 48KHz. DVDs at 24 bit 96KHz compressed sound much better IMHO.
quote: 4. DVDs are easy to copy (for backup purposes). By the time you copy a BD you've spent the cost of a new copy.
quote: 5. There seems to be an obsession with 2.4:1 format for BD which means I can see a lot more detail on a 52" LCD from a 1.7:1 DVD.
quote: but at the end of the day on normal live full motion video there just isn't a discernible difference
quote: Yet the success of HD LCD TVs has far outpaced BD installations. Shouldn't the two go hand in hand?
quote: Okay, I have a 30" NEC 3090 (with DRM support), a Sony BD drive and Cyberlink BD software and an NVidia graphics card (with BD support).
quote: So we can see unlimited resolution but can't hear beyond 16 bit, that's why all modern recordings are mastered at 24bit 96KHz.
quote: You've never seen the message "This movie has been formatted to fit the aspect ratio of your TV". If you're going to watch your movies as a 480p stripe in the middle of your TV ... why is it again that we need 1080p BD movies???? I don't consider 500+ blank lines an enhancement to my movie viewing experience.