In a previous post called Blu-ray Disc Association Investigates 4K Discs, I argued in favor of Blu-ray becoming the format of choice for 4K or UltraHD content.
Now, a recent news story confirms what we’ve been waiting for all this time: the Blu-ray Disc Association IS working on a specification for 4K Blu-ray discs, and it’s expected to be out sometime this year.
The statement from Mark Teitell, general manager of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (or DECE for short) appeared in a recent article on the website HollywoodReporter.com. Teitell was quoted as saying that “4K (Ultra HD) is on our roadmap, and this will need to be a standard since it needs to work on a variety of devices and platforms.”
The folks at Other World Computing know first hand the challenges of finding third-party hardware for Apple computers. That’s why they have been coming up with Mac-focused drives and storage solutions since 1988.
I caught up with OWC at the 2014 International CES show to see what was new and exciting. As it turns out, there’s quite a lot!
OWC makes a wide variety of products to expand your computer’s storage, from solid-state drive (SSD) upgrade kits to RAID drives and more. One of the most basic ways to add more storage to your system is with an external disc drive.
At the 2014 International CES show in Las Vegas, I was on the hunt for some exciting data storage products and innovations. At the Pioneer booth, I was wowed by the variety of Blu-ray drives on display!
Pioneer is a founding member of the Blu-ray Disc Association and has backed the format since its inception in 2004. They are also one of the few companies still rolling out new internal and external drives with the latest Blu-ray capabilities. We’ve written about Pioneer’s new hardware in recent months, but it was still pretty impressive for me to see the drives with my own eyes!
First up was the BDR-2209, a 5.25″ drive for use in a full size computer tower case. It boasts an incredible 16X write speed for BD-R media, making it the fastest drive currently available on the market today. This drive also supports triple-layer BDXL discs up to 128GB in size!
For 2014, the company is planning to launch a line of three Blu-ray players. I’m going to take a minute to talk about each of them and what makes them different.
Panasonic Smart Network 4K Plus 3D Blu-ray Player
The top of the line model from Panasonic is this DMP-BDT360, which does just about everything. It plays regular Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D discs. It can up-convert Blu-ray discs to 4K UltraHD resolution, which is a very cool option if you are thinking of making the leap to a 4K television in the next few years.
In January, an article we ran about How to Burn CD/DVD/Blu-ray Discs in Windows 8 went on to become our most popular post of the year.
The new Microboards G4 line of CD/DVD publishers went on sale in February, replacing the outgoing G3 publishers. We also wrote about Sony officially ending production of MiniDisc players.
In March, we introduced you to the new line of Producer IV publishers from Rimage. We also published a great Guide to Starting a CD Duplication Ministry for churches who are looking to start a duplication ministry.