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A bit about Bluray

Crystal Clear Picture
Blu-ray Discs have up to 6x better picture resolution than DVD. Resolution refers to the number of number of horizontal lines there are to fill the screen – the higher the number, the better the picture quality. Blu-ray Discs and players display at 1080p resolution, which is the highest standard today.

Superior Sound
Blu-ray provides up to 7.1 channels of high definition surround sound, for a more realistic and immersive listening experience. DVD uses 5.1 channels, which lose some of the sound quality from the original source.

Advanced Interactivity
Seamless menus allow you to navigate the disc without ever leaving the movie. In the future, internet connectivity will deliver new content to enhance your film experience.

Backwards Compatible
All Blu-ray players can play DVDs. In addition, Blu-ray players “upconvert” or “upscale” DVDs to a higher resolution so that they look even better than before.

Excellent Movie Selection
Sony, Disney, Fox, MGM, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate all produce movies on Blu-ray Discs. This means Blu-ray has some of the most exciting best-selling movies including Spider-Man, Harry Potter, 300, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Planet Earth.

Exceptional Durability
Blu-ray utilizes a hard-coat protective layer that resists scratches, dust, and fingerprints that cause discs to skip, freeze, or simply not play.

Unrivaled Storage Capacity
Blu-ray discs can store up to 50 GB of information--5x more capacity than DVD. This enables the best picture and sound, as well as bonus features and content.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the format called Blu-ray Disc?
The name comes from the fact that the laser beam which reads the data from the discs is blue instead of red, which is used for current DVDs and CDs.

What do I need to watch Blu-ray Disc high definition movies?
HDTV (preferably 1080p resolution)

  • HDMI cables (for the best picture quality)
  • Blu-ray Disc player (Blu-ray Discs will not play on DVD players)
  • Blu-ray movies
  • Surround sound speaker system (5.1 or 7.1 channel)
  • High-quality analog cables or digital optical cables

 

Can I play DVDs on a Blu-ray Disc player?
Yes, your DVDs will play on all existing Blu-ray Disc players.

What does "region code" mean for Blu-ray Discs and players?
Blu-ray Discs are digitally encoded with a "region code" (A, B, or C, sometimes referred to as 1, 2, or 3), which allows the disc to play only in a Blu-ray player with the same region code. This system is similar to that for DVDs and was developed to enable studios to control various aspects of a title’s release (content, date, price, etc.) according to region. A "region-free" disc is one that can play in all players around the world.

Can I play a Blu-ray Disc on a DVD player?
No. Blu-ray Discs play on Blu-ray players, Playstation 3, or Blu-ray drives for computers and will not play on DVD players.

What if I already own an HDTV that’s 720p? Do I need to buy a 1080p HDTV if I want to watch Blu-ray?
No. While your 720p won’t maximize the native 1080p picture of your Blu-ray discs, the high definition picture produced by your HDTV and Blu-ray player will still look very good—significantly better than whatever you were used to watching.

If I play a DVD on an HDTV, will the picture be HD?
No. Playing a DVD on an HDTV will still produce a standard definition picture, since DVDs are standard definition. You need a Blu-ray player, HDMI or DVI cable from your player to your HDTV, and high definition content from a high definition disc such as Blu-ray in order to see a high definition picture.

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