Blu-ray players and discs (BD) are now commonplace and this format has become the industry standard, replacing DVD as the benchmark for video playback and high-capacity data storage.
In this article and the following post, we will be looking at the blue-violet laser technology and how you can now choose to place it close to your flat screen television, like with TV brackets.
Blu-ray is an optical disc format which was designed by many of the world’s leading electronics, media and computer makers, including the likes of Sony, Apple, Dell, Panasonic and Samsung. Together they formed the Blu-ray Disc Association to work on the high-definition video (HD) medium.
These discs can hold over five times what a traditional DVD can hold and they can store all kinds of data, while enabling for rewriting, recording and playback.
If you have a single-layer disc, then it can store up to 25GB of advanced video and audio, which makes for a remarkable experience in full HD.
It is called “Blue-ray” because it utilises a blue laser disc to write as well as read data, rather than the red laser of the DVD technology. Even though the Blu-ray is the same size as the DVD was, it packs in data much more tightly and stores it within much less space.
Most Blu-ray players are backwards compatible, so they can play any DVDs and CDs you might have. This is a great benefit as you can still make use of your old collection of media products and not have to start all over again.