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Blu Ray versus HD DVD

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. In a nutshell the difference between Blue Ray and HD DVD is nothing more than Industry standard, as both were intended for high definition video and movies, but who won the war of Blue Ray versus HD-DVD?

The Battle

Blue Ray technology has been in a long time battle to become the industry standard for the Toshiba-backed HD-DVD. The battle began when the Blu Ray Association developed the Blu Ray Disk to become the high definition video standard while Toshiba has fought to make their HD-DVD the standard. Learn more about Blu Ray at What is Blue Ray Technology.

The impact on consumers was profound because those who wanted to pick a high definition venue had to choose, but how do you choose, when you don't know who will be the winner.

Obviously you have to pick the right one, as once a standard is set, the loser will no longer be supported on store shelves, with no players sold nor any movies developed in that standard. Many still remembered the horror stories that came for consumers in theVHS versus Betamax battle.Consumers as well as cNet were fed up with the uncertainty of their high definition future.

A big blow was dealt to HD-DVD in 2008 when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, which accounts for 20% of DVD sales in the U.S., said it would ship all of its high-definition titles in the Sony-backed Blu-ray by 2008 end.

Warner Bros.' decision to exclusively support the Blu-ray format helped settle a very muddled matter. When the biggest company in the home-video business chooses sides, that's big news. Not to mention the fact that Warner Bro's desicion made them five of the seven major Hollywood studios backing Blu-ray, as well as many smaller studios as well. Since then most retailers have followed suit.

and the winner is...

In 2009 it is clear that Blu Ray is the winner and the high definition video standard as Wal Mart, Best Buy and Netflix no longer sell HD-DVD and only carry Blu Ray movies as well as Blu Ray players. Also you will find not HD-DVD on Blockbuster store shelves, but you will find Blu Ray movie disks.

 

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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.

Buying Cheap Blu Ray Players


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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