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BLU-RAY
• The name blu-ray comes from the fancy technology behind its creation. A tiny
blue/violet laser is used to read and record data on to the disk. Because the laser
is so precise, more information can be stored on each disk – five times as much as
DVDs are being replaced? What the eff? We were willing to cast aside our fat VHS can be stored on a DVD in fact, which uses a wider and less accurate red laser.
tapes for svelte DVDs and slim players in the name of technological advancement,
but that was expensive, and quite frankly the thought of replacing our film
• The discs can also be used in computers to store files and documents in order to
collections again fills us with a petulant despair. However, as Amy Pay discovers, it’s
save storage space on hard drives.
not that big a deal and will probably make all our lives just that bit easier...
• Almost all major moviemakers have started to release both their new releases and
back catalogues on BD. Yes, DVDs will soon become extinct, but they’ll still be
• Let’s start with the basics: blu-ray disc is known in the biz as BD, and like CD-Rs
playable on most BD players.
and CD-RWs, the BD can record, rewrite and playback anything stored on it
in high definition format. In other words, the quality of the picture sharpness, • The first BD players will probably be a bit pricey – remember the first DVD
colours and sound will be better than ever before, particularly if BD is used with players? But, like DVD players, as soon as production rates gather momentum,
High Definition (or ‘HD-ready’) televisions. they’ll be giving them away in cereal packets.
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1. Sony PS3 around £300 / 2. Sony BDP-S550 around £325 / 3. Sigmatek SBR-1000 around £185 / 4. Sharp BD HP205 around £330 / 5. Samsung
BD-P1400 around £180 / 6. Panasonic DMP-BD50 around £400 / 7. Pioneer BDP-LX70A around £900 / 8. LG BH-100 around £480
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