Blue Ray DVD Player


Blue Ray DVD Player

Blue Ray DVD Player

By Anne Ahira

A blue ray DVD player is one that plays blue ray discs. In actuality there are many terms for Blue Ray technology for it is an optical disk storage standard that was originally designed by the Sony Company in order to supersede the standard DVD format used then.

Its majority of uses are for actually running a Playstation 3 games format, as well as high-definition video and also it will also perform data storage with a 50GB dimension. This disc has the same physical dimensions though as any standard DVD and CDs.


Sony coined the name Blu-ray disc and the name was derived from the blue-violet colored laser that is utilized to read the disc.

Technically, a standard DVD uses a 650 nanometer red laser, but Blu-ray uses a somewhat shorter wavelength, it is actually a 405 nm blue-violet laser, and thus it allows for close to six times more data storage than on a standard DVD. Thus a blue ray DVD player can play for longer than the standard DVD player.

A while back there were format wars that battled over high-definition optical discs, and thus Blu-ray was competing with the HD DVD format which Toshiba which was supporting, however the HD DVDs had to cede in February of 2008, and it was then that the format war was ended.

The Blu-ray disc was and still is developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association, which is actually a group that represents a tremendous amount of different makers of consumer electronics, motion pictures, as well as computer hardware.

For instance, as of January 2009, there are more than 890 Blu-ray disc titles that have been made available in Australia, while there are 720 in Japan. There are also 140 in the UK, and 1,500 made available in the United States.

Meanwhile, though it is definitely not compulsory, the Blu-ray Disc Association has made a recommendation that all Blu-ray dsc drives should actually be made capable of reading standard DVDs and CDs so that backward compatibility can be reached.

Thus, the majority of them can do so. This has created an interesting phenomenon, to say the least. Thus most blue ray DVD player can play the standard DVDs as well as blue ray DVDs.

There is a blue ray DVD player made by many companies now, such as Sony, Panasonic, Corel, Betamax, Sylvania, Samsung, Pioneer, Philips, Marantz and Sharp, though there may be others out there.

They all use the Blu-ray spelling though so if you are going to look for one on the Internet, you’d best use that spelling, although there are many “re-directs” happening if you use another spelling.

Either way, it appears that purchasing an existing Blu-ray technology blue ray DVD player may or may not be the best idea while each tries to outdo the other with “newer and better” technology. It’s actually still a gamble as to where the technology is heading.

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