Blu-ray Disc – The Next Generation

Blu-ray Disc (BD) is one of the latest optical disc formats specifically created for the storage of data and high-definition video. This format was designed to be the successors to the standard DVD (SDVD) format in response to a need for increased disc capacity. A single layer BD has over 5 times the capacity of a single layer DVD (25GB vs. 4.7GB).  A dual layer BD can hold up to 50GB of data which equates to about 9 hours of high definition video or about 23 hours of standard definition video.

About Blu-ray

The name Blu-ray Disc is a trademark of Sony Corp. and is derived from the blue color of the laser used to read and write BDs. The standard was developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association, a group of computer and electronics companies. Products first became available to consumers in North America in June 2006. More about Blu-ray . . .

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Blu-ray products include:

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Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Player - DMP-BD30K Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Player - DMP-BD30K

Supported Media: BD-ROM, DVD, DVD-RAM, DVD-R/-RW/-R(DL), +R/+R(DL)/+RW, CD, CD-R/-RW.
Specifications: Panasonic DMP-BD30K Specs
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Sony Blu-ray Disc Player - BDP-S300Sony Blu-ray Disc Player - BDP-S300

Supported Media: BD-ROM, BD-R/RE, DVD DVD±R DVD±RW and CD.
Specifications: Sony BDP-S300 Specs
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Sharp Aquos Blu-ray Disc Player - BDHP20USharp Aquos Blu-ray Disc Player - BDHP20U

Supported Media: BD-ROM/R/RE, DVD Video, DVD-RW/R, DVD+RW/R, CD-DA/CD-RW/R
Specifications: BDHP20U Specifications
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Industry Support

The Blu-ray standard is supported by the over 250 members of the Blu-ray Disc Association. Prominent members include:

  • Apple
  • Dell
  • HP
  • Hitachi (Founder)
  • LG (Founder)
  • Mitsubishi Electric (Founder)
  • Panasonic
  • Pioneer (Founder)
  • Philips (Founder)
  • Samsung (Founder)
  • Sharp (Founder)
  • Sony (Founder)
  • Sun Microsystems
  • TDK
  • Thomson (Founder)
  • Twentieth Century Fox
  • Walt Disney
  • Warner Bros.