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Release Date for 4K Blu-Ray More or Less Confirmed for Third Quarter of 2015

by on September 9, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – September 9th, 2014

We’ve already discussed the confirmation of the upcoming release of 4K Blu-Ray discs for some time in late 2014 or early 2015 but now the date itself has been confirmed firmly it seems.

Victor Matsuda, Chairman of the Blue-Ray Disc Association, has confirmed that the new disc format should be arriving to store shelves by Q3 of 2015 in comments given to several tech news sources. This means that at the very earliest, the 4K Blu-Ray discs a lot of people have been waiting for will be arriving on sale by late September at the earliest and at the latest will hit shelves in time for Christmas of 2015.

According to Matsuda, Q3 is the time by which the Blue-Ray Disc Association expects to have the exact specs and licensing for the new Ultra HD discs ready for consumer release.

Furthermore, a new generation Blue-Ray players for the 4K discs should be coming out at roughly the same time.

“We haven’t maybe been as proactive as some of the other services have been about announced 4K,” according to Matsuda. “It’s the culture of the group. We don’t want to talk unless there’s some real substance to talk about”.

So far, the Blu-ray Dis Association is unwilling or unable to confirm what kind of price tag the new discs will have but it will almost certainly be at least somewhat more expensive than what a normal Blu-ray disc has cost so far.

The real power of Blue-ray coming out in 4K resolution lies in the fact that many people still can’t get access to the display resolution from the assorted streaming media services that are providing it worldwide. Even customers with 4K TVs in their homes need at least 20 Mbps of web connectivity to effectively stream the Ultra HD format and with few exceptions, 20Mbps connections are uncommon even in places like the U.S, Europe or Asia.

4K Blu-ray offers a highly portable alternative that will make watching movies and shows in UHD accessible to millions who would otherwise have to wait for their region’s connectivity to catch up with the needs of 4K streams from providers such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Furthermore the newly released 4K discs can become a major source of remastered older movies that were filmed on chemical reels whose native resolution is even greater than 4K but which have not yet had a digital medium in which their real clarity could be displayed.

Godzilla in 4K

Older movies like Godzilla could see a major position in 4K Blu-ray discs

Currently, one of the biggest disincentives for the creation of new 4K content is the knowledge among movie makers that most people can’t access the streaming Ultra HD which is the source of almost all available 4K programming. With the arrival of Blue-ray, the incentive to release more content filmed in the 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution will grow dramatically.

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  • jv
    July 11, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    And ALL hardware including graphics cards, televisions and blu ray 4K players MUST support HDMI 2.0 to get the necessary 60 frames per second. Displayport is not going to cut it. HDMI is the standard even for PC graphics.


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