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4K Blu-ray discs arriving in 2015

4K Blu-ray discs arriving in 2015

4K Blu-ray discs arriving in 2015

4K Blu-ray discs arriving in 2015

 

In Berlin at the IFA trade show the Blue-ray Disk Association is almost finished defining the new version of its physical media technology that can handle 4k content. The association will start licensing out the technology in the spring or summer 2015 along with new Blu-ray players to play the new version of Blu-ray disc. 

Using physical media instead of relying on fallible and often limited Internet connections means Blu-ray discs can provide the best possible image quality and easily provide the most stable playback. But there's more to 4K Blu-ray than just four times the number of pixels as in today's prevailing 1080p video, the new specification also will improve colour gamut dramatically and offer a higher dynamic range so details in shadows and highlights are visible. The new format also will be able to show 4K video at 60 frames per second another great advantage for us framerate junkies.

 

4K Blu-ray discs arriving in 2015

 

Along with 4k resolution video the new standard will offer higher dynamic range, colour gamut, and even 4k at 60fps. The discs are pretty much identical with 50GB capacity but with the changes being how the data is written and read as it is now compressed in H.265/HEVC instead of the old H.264AVC codec.

The HEVC codec takes more processing power to encode or decode video, which means that people will require a new Blu-ray player as the decoding hardware was designed for the less demanding old codec on old Blu-ray players. Given that Current Blu-ray players can only output 1080p images, due to the limitation of today's HDMI cables. Even if older players could decode the discs, they couldn't output the images.

Join the discussion on the new 4K Blu Ray standard on the OC3D Forums.

 

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06-09-2014, 07:40:41

ShaunB-91
This is good news to me. Was starting to think of buying a 4K TV next year once the 4K tuners are fitted, but even if I don't my Dad is starting to think about a new TV so it'll be 4K for him next.

Would much rather prefer 4K Blu-rays than trying to stream it via Netflix/Prime.

Good find!Quote

09-09-2014, 17:36:54

Master&Puppet
Yea I agree with Shaun, this is great news. The blur on 1080p at 30fps makes my eyes bleed Quote

09-09-2014, 22:13:10

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaunB-91 View Post
This is good news to me. Was starting to think of buying a 4K TV next year once the 4K tuners are fitted, but even if I don't my Dad is starting to think about a new TV so it'll be 4K for him next.

Would much rather prefer 4K Blu-rays than trying to stream it via Netflix/Prime.

Good find!
Ya streaming 4k.. freaken joke lol would take ages and that buffer sign will be seen more than the movie

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Originally Posted by Master&Puppet View Post
Yea I agree with Shaun, this is great news. The blur on 1080p at 30fps makes my eyes bleed
Blu-ray plays at 1080p 24fps currently. That's why your eyes bleedQuote

10-09-2014, 05:58:11

Master&Puppet
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Blu-ray plays at 1080p 24fps currently. That's why your eyes bleed
Oh yea, stupid me! Bleed, bleed, bleed.Quote

10-09-2014, 06:19:37

SieB
All movies and TV shows are ~24 fps anyway, the only movie shot higher is The Hobbit in 48fps. I doubt we will be seeing any TV shows or films in 60fps anytime soon, 1080p bluray isn't limited to 24fps it is jut the standard fps for films and TV on any format.Quote
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