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About Blu Ray Players

Blu Ray is the latest and now the standard technology for high definition video that over took the HD-DVD technology of high definition movies and players. With the invention of Blu Ray disks comes not only the superb picture quality of high definition, but also a new durability and life span of the disk itself not before seen with DVD disks. Choosing a Blu Ray player will mostly depend on your personal budget as prices range form budget to super expensive.

Basically a Blu-ray setup is fairly simple and straight forward and includes 3 main things with a fourth optional component:

1. Blu-ray Player

What's the difference between progressive scan and interlaced video modes?

There are two types of video outputs, progressive scan and interlaced. Interlaced creates a good picture and uses a small bandwidth by drawing every other line of the picture on one refresh period and then draws the rest of the lines on the next refresh period.

Progressive scan, on the other hand, draws all lines of the picture each refresh period. Progressive scan delivers a cleaner and smoother picture quality but also uses more bandwidth. But, with Blu Ray Players fast optical bandwidth is much less of an issue than it was with DVD players.

You will need the best cables and connectors as appropriate for your television, learn more at Blu Ray Cables and Connections Guide

2. Blu-ray DVD Movies

All though Blu-ray DVD players can play the traditional DVd format, the best high definition experience comes from watching Blu Ray format movie disks. The large capacity of the optical Blu-ray discs is what lets them store the extra data that is needed for that Blu-ray quality.

Blu-ray Disks:

Blu Ray movie disks have region codes same as DVD movies, which means that a region-encoded disc will only work in a player of the same region. But, there are a very large number of Blu-ray movies being released without region encoding and that means that you can use them regardless of where you purchased your Blu-ray player.

3 Regions of Blu Ray:

  • Region A: East Asia (not including Mainland China or Mongolia), Southeast Asia and North and South America
  • Region B: Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe (except Russia) and Oceania
  • Region C: Central Asia, Mainland China and Mongolia, South Asia and central Eurasia

Optical Rot and Blu Ray Disks:

Great strides and advances have been made in technology over the decades to develop special coating material to better protect optical discs from the inevitable decay. Blu-ray discs are coated to keep any "optical rot" conditions away as long as possible, and so Blu-ray discs should last much longer than DVDs did.

3. Television

You do not need a high-definition television for Blu-ray player, but overall, the video quality that Blu-ray is capable of showing is optimal on a high-definition television.

Does it make a difference if my high-definition TV is LCD, Plasma, OLED or some other technology?

Regardless of the technology behind your high-definition TV, as long as it has an HDMI or DVI input, then you can connect your Blu-ray player to it and get fantastic 1080p quality.

Is a high-definition television needed to use a Blu-ray player?

No! Nearly all Blu-ray players have a variety of video outputs -- HDMI, component (also sometimes called Y/Pb/Pr), S-Video, down to the basic Video Out connection.

However, the picture quality is much better with a high definition television, because with it you will get the optimal 1080p resolution that Blu-ray is capable of. But if you use a component connection, you can still get video quality as good as any progressive scan DVD player.

4. Optional Home Theater Receiver

Blu-ray players come with a variety of optional outputs, including a variety of audio outputs, from basic stereo outputs that can plug directly into the television to optical audio outputs that send 7.1 Dolby Digital or DTS signals to your receiver. So, while a home theater receiver is not necessary, it's will enable you to get the best possible sound from your Blue Ray player.
Learn more at: Blue Ray DVD Player Features Guide

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The Perks of Blu Ray and Blu Ray Players
Picture Quality
Superior high def resolution is a huge element of the reason why Blu Ray movies look excellent. This means you'll see a much more detailed picture: much more clearly defined features of people faces, colors of nature, close ups of wrinkles, facial imperfections, etc. The technological distinction is that Blu Ray's maximum resolution is 1920 x 1080 (1080p), while DVD is restricted to 720 x 480 (480p). Further than image resolution, Blu Ray additionally employs much better video-compression methods, producing much more contrast as well as better colors. It truly is the best quality of video you can get inb the market today, with a comparable, if note better than picture that you get at the movies, when the Blu Ray player is used in conjunction with an HDTV.

Audio Quality
Audio quality is also much better. New high-resolution soundtrack formats, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, are basically the same as the studio master, consequently you will be hearing sounds just as the director and audio editors designed.

Special Features
Blu Ray also has extra unique functions that DVD never did. The most basic innovation is the pop-up menu, allowing one to access the menu features as the movie keeps playing. Also, there is BD-Live, picture-in-picture video commentary, Internet connectivity, including models with built-in Wifi for streaming movies, videos, tv shows and all kinds of media from the Web.

Main Blu Ray Features
While most basic features of Blu Ray Players are the same, there are some specific things to consider when buying a player, especially, Internet connectivity options.

Player Options for Connecting to Internet
There are several options, depending on the player model and brand, for linking up your smart Blu-ray player to the Internet

  • A wired connection using Ethernet cable
  • Built-In Wifi Connection on the Player
  • A wireless connection using a compatible wireless adapter
  • A connection using power line Ethernet adapters
WiFi Built In - Smart Blu Ray Players - Connect to Internet and stream movies, music, TV shows and more with WiFi built in.
WiFi Ready - Means the Wifi is not built in and you will need an adapter of some sort to connect.
BD-Live
BD-Live is a Blu-ray feature that enables you to access content, features and activities via your smart Blu-ray player. On some movies you'll be able to download a variety of up-to-date content (for example, refreshed previews and exclusive special features). There are also a host of next generation possibilities, such as ringtone/wallpaper downloads, peer-to-peer interactions, live events and gaming activities. For example, on the Blu Ray version of Julie & Julia with BD-Live, you can bookmark Julia Child's actual recipes while you watch the movie. At the end of the film, you can e-mail yourself the recipes, pretty cool!
Bonus View
The Bonus View and lets you play back picture-in-picture content, which allows for a second video and audio stream.


Playing DVD's
The transition from DVD to Blu Ray is an easy one since all Blu Ray players play standard DVD discs. Actually, each and every Blu Ray player is also an upconverting DVD player.

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There are some great ways to save money on Blu Ray players and that is by avoiding retail stores and shopping online. Cheap Blu ray players are plentiful and can really be a great alternative to spending too much at the stores. Some of the top brands of Blu Ray players can cost you as much $300, with brands like LG, Sony, Samsung and other industry leaders invemting bigger and better models regularly causing retail prices to skyrocket. Stop wasting your money and buy cheap Blu Ray players here, always bid and buy with confidence, with buyer feedback and ratings for sellers.


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