Blu-ray Movie Disc Format Unveild

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Allan, Aug 15, 2004.

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    Blu-ray Movie Disc Format Unveild

    "The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has approved the first full
    version of its read-only disc specification, the organisation said
    this week.

    The move paves the way for the format's adoption as a content
    distribution system to rival the next generation of the DVD format,

    BD-ROM players are set to ship late next year, the BDA said, with
    content coming through in the same timeframe. At this stage, the only
    major content provider to have publicly confirmed its willingness to
    off BD-ROM discs is Sony, which has said its Sony Pictures
    Entertainment will offer BD-ROM high-definition movies in Japan. The
    company's disc manufacturing wing is, however, promoting BD-ROM to
    studios in the US.

    Sony Computer Entertainment recently revealed it plans to equip the
    PlayStation 3 with a BD drive, which is likely to strengthen Blu-ray
    as a consumer format.

    With the BD-ROM 1.0 specification now in place, media manufacturers
    can now licence the technology - for an undisclosed royalty fee - and
    begin to prepare Blu-ray production lines. The BDA claims that Blu-ray
    disc production costs no more than DVD production does. However,
    manufacturers will need new duplication equipment. That contrasts with
    HD-DVD which simply requires a re-tooling of existing production
    lines, the DVD Forum claims."

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    Allan, Aug 15, 2004
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