The 4K specs of the Blu-ray Disc Association’s new 4K Blu-ray are finally here!
Stephan Jukic – May 13, 2015
After more than a year of speculation across the web and among 4K content fans, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has finally announced the finished specifications for the new Ultra HD Blu-ray discs that are coming to market very soon.
What this means is that fans of optical media who maybe can’t easily get access to streaming or VOD 4K content can now relax, they’ll soon be able to easily watch their favorite movies on their own 4K TVs without complications, at least we hope.
The licensing for the the new disc-based ecosystem is supposed to begin in the summer and this means that both players and media should be available with all major retailers by the time the holiday season arrives, although Panasonic has already released disc players that are supposedly compatible with 4K Blu-ray discs.
The new 4K Blu-ray standard is going to enable the UHD discs which are on the way to deliver video content at an ultra HD 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and will also offer a nicely upgraded color range that’s on par with what man are expected from the next generation of 4K content.
Additionally, users who have the TVs to handle the technology will also get to enjoy the obvious, highly visible benefit of High Dynamic Range on their content and will also be benefitting from High Frame-rate (HFR) video playback.
What makes Blu-ray so ideal for 4K media is that even in its existing form, it’s wonderfully suited to deal with the heavy media storage and reading demands of 4K resolution.
According to Victor Matsuda, chairman of the BDA Promotions Committee, the technical capacities of the Blu-ray disc are great for an “unparalleled, consistent and repeatable UHD experience”. This is the case particularly thanks to the disc medium’s high storage capacity and large data transfer rates.
Furthermore, we also now know that the new Ultra HD Blu-ray won’t be restricted to devices with physical connections. The “digital bridge” feature of the platform will let users watch content over an array of devices in their home.
This digital bridge feature is an optional part of the UHD Blu-ray spec so it might not exactly end up being something universal.
However, the BDA has decreed that all UHD Blu-ray players need to be backwards compatible with the existing Blu-ray standard, meaning that not only can you enjoy all the newest 4K discs that are going to start flooding the shelves but you also can keep your existing library of Blu-rays in normal full HD.
Nonetheless, the BDA is trying to push for the benefits of using physical media with their upcoming 4K discs, with the argument that doing so greatly enhances the value of content ownership and the user experience overall.
If the experience of watching Full HD on Blu-ray as opposed to watching it via HD stream off the web or another source is anything to go by, then the 4K visuals of the new Blu-ray discs will be absolutely spectacular. Streaming has come a long way but viewing a piece of media via direct physical means does arguably offer a distinctly superior experience.
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