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4k Movies Coming to Blu Ray Discs

By Optical Express

Techie people had parties up and down the UK recently after announcements that suggested that 4K movies are coming to Blu-ray discs.

Big Bang Theory Frame of Mind

As a vision specialist Optical Express believes that you need to protect your sight at every turn. This proves especially true when you’re focusing your eyes for hours on end on the screen of your TV, laptop or smartphone. And if one thing is eyesight friendly, it’s 4K Blu-ray discs!

What is 4K Resolution?

To understand the reason behind our happiness about 4K Blu-ray, you need to know what 4K is. Also known as 4K resolution, it refers to content or devices that have horizontal resolution in the order of 4,000 pixels.

Wading through the technological red tape, there’s one way to understand the impact 4K has had on the world of modern technology. It’s the name we often use to refer to ultra-high-definition television (UHDTV). Basically, 4K resolution makes your picture clearer than you could possibly imagine!

Media You Can Hold Onto

Up until now fans of 4K internet delivery have been limited to online providers such as Netflix and Amazon, yet recent moves suggest that this is about to change.

If you’re the type of person who prefers media you can hold onto, a 4K format that allows you to play physical discs is set to come to a device near you at some point in the near future. According to End Gadget, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has announced that the name of its 4K format will be Ultra HD Blu-ray. We received a glimpse of the kind of capabilities this technology comes equipped with recently when Panasonic took the time to unveil their prototype HD Blu-ray player.

Ultra HD Blu-ray

On first look one thing becomes apparent; it’s a Blu-ray player with a hole in the top! Meanwhile experts expect that the player will upgrade the format from 25GB per layer of current discs to 33GB and discs will be able to maintain up to 100GB of data. That may mean you need to buy a new player to read these discs, but they will be backwards compatible so you won’t have to get rid of your old Blu-ray movies!

Furthermore techies have revealed that the majority of movies encoded with HEVC (h.265, 4K video’s new compression format) should fit easily on dual-layer discs. There’s also space for wider colour gamut and at least 10-bit colour gradation (in other words a wider range of more vibrant colours) and it’ll be able to push video up to 100 spec, although a lot of work still needs to be done before the spec is finalised.

A Clearer, More Vibrant Movie Experience

See why techies were so excited about 4K? The arrival of 4K movies to Blu-ray discs will allow people to enjoy a clearer, more vibrant movie experience than ever before!

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