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New Disc Technologies – Blu-ray Disc

When talking about the future of CD duplication, DVD copying or just disc technologies in general, currently only one thing springs to mind…Blu-ray.

The Blu-ray Disc format was designed to offer the best performance and features for a wide variety of applications. High Definition video distribution is one of the key features of Blu-ray Disc, but the format’s versatile design and top-of-the-line specifications mean that it is suitable for a full range of other purposes as well.

The name “Blue-ray” comes from the color of the laser used to read and write this type of discs i.e. blue-violet.

Blu-ray is the next-generation digital video disc. It can record, store and play back high-definition video and digital audio, as well as computer data. The advantage to Blu-ray is the sheer amount of information it can hold:

1. A single-layer Blu-ray disc, which is roughly the same size as a DVD, can hold up to 27 GB of data — that’s more than two hours of high-definition video or about 13 hours of standard video.

2. A double-layer Blu-ray disc can store up to 50 GB, enough to hold about 4.5 hours of high-definition video or more than 20 hours of standard video. And there are even plans in the works to develop a disc with twice that amount of storage.

Currently only HD DVD is competing with Blue-ray to be the leading carrier for high-definition content to consumers.

Blu-ray is currently supported by about 200 of the world’s leading consumer electronics, personal computer, recording media, video game and music companies. The format also has support from all Hollywood studios and countless smaller studios as a successor to today’s DVD format. Many studios have also announced that they will begin releasing new feature films on Blu-ray Disc day-and-date with DVD, as well as a continuous slate of catalog titles every month. You will find Blue-ray technology in some of the latest game consoles available today e.g. Sony Play station 3 and the Xbox 360.

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