4k Blu-ray Discs and Players to Arrive 2015


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Mar 14, 2010
S.W. Desert USA
Audioholics.com just posted an interesting article titled '4k Blu-ray Discs and Players to Arrive 2015'. Here's a snippet to gather your interest;

"The Blu-ray Disc Association announced at IFA that the Blu-ray 4k spec will be ready by summer 2015 with products hitting the stores in time for the holiday buying season the same year (basically not this Christmas but next). Some of the things you can look forward to with 4k Blu-ray discs and players:

  • Four-times the number of pixels
  • Native 60 frames per second playback
  • Improved color gamut (REC 2020 - includes 70-80% of visual color spectrum)
  • Higher dynamic range (increased to 10 bit depth from 8 bit)
  • Higher capacity Blu-ray discs (up to 100gb from the 50gb we have now)
  • Move from H.264/AVC (Advanced Video Coding) compression technology to H.265/HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding)
  • Updated DRM
The technical improvements over Blu-ray (much less DVD) are not debatable. The new 4k spec is superior to existing technology in almost every way. The problem will be adoption. Here are the barriers as we see them:

It isn't just that you'll need a new 4k Blu-ray player. In order to take advantage of all the features of 4k Blu-ray, you'll need a new display in order to see the improved color and dynamic range. If you have all your sources routed through a receiver, you may need to upgrade that as well as HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 may be required to pass the full bandwidth needed. Currently, there are very few receivers with HDMI 2.0 connections..."

Read the rest here.