Can you believe how long it has been since Blu-ray became the dominant entrant in the 1080p era of discs and storage? After DVD was the leader of the previous generation they missed out with this one with HD DVD thanks to some wrong decisions and dubious business dealings.
Now Blu-ray want to cement their place as the world leader in discs with their newly announced Ultra HD Blu-ray specification.
Sure, discs were beaten to the punch by the internet delivering UHD streaming through YouTube, Netflix and the like, but there will still be a massive market for physical discs ““ and soon. Besides being compatible with the +- 10,000 Blu-ray discs already out, Ultra HD Blu-ray players will be ready for high-res 3,840 x 2,160 video, “next generation object-based sound formats”, as well as more colours, high dynamic range (HDR) and even high frame rate video.
It‘s not only the disc player that will receive an upgrade, of course, the discs themselves need to be beefed up. They are ready to hold 66GB or 100GB of data, up from the 25GB or 50GB size of the current Blu-ray spec.
So if you want to start future proofing your setup at home, get that expensive 4K TV with the UHD Blu-ray player that will follow suit.
Source: Blu-ray Disc Association
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