The Blu-ray Disc Association mandated that all players
of the format released after October 31 must adhere to an
updated feature set that is currently not standard on today’s hardware. The
new “full profile” players will include support for picture-in-picture
and greater memory capacity, opening the door for more elaborate
special feature and documentary extras with Blu-ray Disc movies.
Last month, LG announced the BH200, its second-generation
dual-format HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc player. Like the earlier
model, the BH200 will play both HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies – but added
in the new model is support for interactive features on both formats.
At the time of the announcement, it was also reported that
the new player would support both HDi and BD-Java, making it one of the first
full profile Blu-ray Disc-capable players to hit the market. Video Business
corroborates the information, reporting that LG product development director
Tim Alessi saying at the HDTV DisplaySearch Conference that the BH200 will be
full profile complete.
The new Blu-ray Disc specification will introduce to the
format such features that are already an integral part of many HD DVD titles.
Warner Bros. released 300 on both high-definition formats, but the HD DVD
version was capable
of picture-in-picture features and other web-enabled items.
For fans of 300, an executive producer of the film said at a
Comic-Con International panel that there may be a second release of the Blu-ray
Disc with new content following the release of new picture-in-picture hardware.
Other hardware manufacturers have yet to announce firm dates
on their full profile Blu-ray Disc players. Pioneer said that its first full
profile machine will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2008. Owners
of PlayStation 3 will be relieved to learn that adherence to the new
specification may come in the form of a firmware update, though the release of
such software is unknown.
quote: It's cheaper to make their movies than it is to make blu-ray ones.
quote: ...a BD player requires the equivalent of around a 2.4-3ghz processor
quote: The 1.1 spec is a hardware profile that adds a secondary video decoder (typically used for picture in picture), secondary audio (typically used for interactive audio and commentary) and capability of supporting a minimum of 256 MB of local storage (for storing audio/video and title updates)
quote: I think a lot of people are still waiting to see which format wins. High-definition discs will not gain popularity until the players are under $100 and future compatibility is guaranteed. Too many people got burned with Betamax.