Blu-ray Disc Association Moves Forward with Double-Sided Discs

By · Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Blu-ray Disc Association Moves Forward with Double-Sided DiscsThe Blu-ray Disc Association is a group of manufacturers that includes Sony, Intel, Pioneer, Panasonic, and dozens of other companies. Together, they come up with the standards for how Blu-ray products will look and work.

Recently, the group group announced that they have approved a new specification for double-sided discs. Known as BD-DSD, the new specification will allow for up to 200GB of storage on a single disc (100GB/side).

When combined with the comparatively low cost of Blu-ray media, this high-capacity/low cost format will become a serious contender in the world of commercial data storage as well as entertainment. Unlike a traditional hard drive, Blu-ray discs do not need to be powered on and spinning all the time. They have an extra-durable hard coating that protects them from scratching far better than an average DVD.

However, the driving force behind Blu-ray innovation is the consumer market. The new specification also includes standards for 4K Blu-ray discs. 4K is the next level of high definition beyond 1080p HD. As the resolution of video continues to climb, so too will the bandwidth needed to store and transmit movies and TV shows. In many cases, a home broadband connection will be a limiting factor in the ability to stream 4K content over the Internet. Basically, the pipe just isn’t fat enough to handle it!

But with Blu-ray discs, storing 4K content won’t be a problem at all. With the new standards, 4K video can fit on a 50GB, 100GB, or 200GB disc thanks to advanced compression techniques. Blu-ray 4K discs will also support higher framerates of up to 60fps for the smoothest motion possible.

With the new standard now approved, we could see 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs in stores as early as Christmas 2015.

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