Blu Ray and Blu Ray CompatibilityBlu Ray stands to be the next thing to come after DVD. When the Laser Video Disc was introduced, the CD, which was smaller in physical size compared to it, came in to replace it. When DVD came out, it stood to replace the CD optical storage medium.
Blu Ray now comes in to replace the DVD, boasting more storage capacities.
Blu Ray is basically the result of the joint efforts of the members of the Blu Ray Disc Association, whose roster includes giants in the field of consumer electronics manufacturing and personal computer system makers. The BDA or Blu Ray Disc Association’s roster of members includes: Mitsubishi, Apple, Hewlett Packard, Dell, Hitachi, JVC, LG, Pioneer, Panasonic, Philips, Sharp, Samsung, Sony, Thomson and TDK.
CDs have storage capacities of up to 700 megabytes. DVDs could store up to 4.7 gigabytes, with dual-layer DVDs capable of storing up to 8.5 gigabytes of data. Blu Ray discs could store up to 25 gigabytes of data, with dual-layer Blu Ray discs capable of storing up to 50 gigabytes of data. Quite impressive storage capacities, indeed.
Blu Ray and Blu Ray compatibility is also quite impressive, as Blu Ray players are capable of playing Blu Ray discs, as well as regular DVD and CD media. Backwards Blu Ray compatibility is due to the fact that a blue hued laser is utilized in the successful operation of Blu Ray technology. Where blue has a lower wavelength, it could read data with greater precision, making Blu Ray technology possible to store and read more data on a given surface. This new laser technology means that standard DVD players couldn’t read Blu Ray discs, defining the Blu Ray compatibility features of standard DVD players to non-supported. But with Blu Ray players, Blu Ray compatibility is quite versatile, capable of handling DVDs quite easily.
Blu Ray discs come in similar formats to that of DVDs and CDs. There is the BD-ROM, the BD-R and the BD-RE class of Blu Ray discs. The BD-ROM is basically the read only type of Blu Ray discs, perfect for the distribution of High Definition movies, large programs for personal computer systems, as well as games for personal computer systems and/or gaming consoles which come with Blu Ray support. BD-R represents the writable formats of Blu Ray, while the BD-RE stands to be the rewritable class of Blu Ray discs.
All in all Blu Ray and Blu Ray compatibility is sure on its way into replacing the status quo DVD system, with no question as to why.
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