Today in almost every mall you'll notice movie-shops that sells DVD and VCD films. You'll notice, specifically on the DVD covers the new Blu-ray logo, which is imprinted on almost every product on the rack. Even before thinking that there is no dawn for DVD-kind and the fate of the rest of your film collection, you have to ask first; what is Blu-ray?
As stated in Blu-ray.com the official site of the makers of Blu-ray, it is basically the newest and more advanced technology in optical disc formatting, also known as Blu-ray disc. It enables rewriting and playback of the newest HD (high definition) films and videos and can also serve as a recorder. It also offers five times more storage capacity of the regular DVD, it can basically hold up to 25G worth of data. The major developers of Blu-ray are Japan and US based companies. The technology now offers a variety of gadgets and equipment to cater to the format, just like the traditional HD DVD drives, players and recorders.
There is now also a wide variety of Blu-ray DVD players and also an even wider array of Blu-ray DVD burners. If you check out their site, you'll see that some of the developers are top Hollywood production outfits. So you can expect the flooding of Blu-ray movies. When it comes to film, according to their site, they state that no one should worry about their current DVD and VCD collections becoming obsolete. Since the program will still accept any red laser format disc, the red laser being the current status quo in disc readers today. For those of you who doesn't know, red laser technology is the one that reads and caters to current DVD and VCD formats.
The name Blu-ray was derived from the developed technology, which uses a blue-violet laser to read and write data. Normally people ask: Why is it spelled Blu-ray instead of Blue-ray? Most would think it's misspelled, according to the site. The letter "e" from "blue" was deliberately left out to serve as a trademark.
As of now, films are being distributed under the Blu-ray format. The most widely asked question now is, will there be Blu-ray of Lord of the Rings and Star Wars? The answer is yes, as mentioned earlier, almost all the products being sold in media retail shops are now under the domination of the Blu-ray format. Another question that keeps popping up is will Blu-ray replace DVDs? Well the answer for that is, whatever happened to the VHS and laser? Only time will tell, and surely with the forgone fates of the VHS and laser format, there will be no dawn for the DVD-kind.