The Blu-ray Disc Founders (BDF), comprised of 10 leading CE companies, formalized
the next steps in establishing Blu-ray Disc as the next generation optical disc
format, in CES.
The ten companies involved -Hitachi,LG Electronics,
Matsushita Electric Industrial, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Pioneer
Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sharp Corporation, Sony
Corporation, and Thomson – welcome the support from Hewlett-Packard Company and
Dell, the two leading IT manufacturers, underlining the true convergence between CE
and IT industry, enabled by Blu-ray Disc. It is a major and important milestone in
meeting the requirements and wishes of the content and related industries, as well
as addressing consumer expectations.
In addition, the Blu-ray Disc Founders are in the process of finalizing the complete
format specifications portfolio. The BD-ROM (read-only) format, developed in
collaboration with Hollywood studios and the IT industry, is expected to be
available early 2004, allowing for BD-ROM products to be available by the end of
2005. The BD-R (write-once) format is expected to be finalized by mid 2004, and the
BD-RE (rewritable) format,which is already available, will be further expanded to
cover additional requirements of the related industries.
The support from HP and Dell, the largest PC manufacturers, is an important step in
providing the industry and consumers with one format that covers both PC as well as
Blu-ray Disc is developed in response to industry trends like HDTV and Broadband
Internet to provide convergence, interactivity and cross-platform compatibility. It
delivers the highest data rate of any consumer media, and the highest recording
density that allows for more than 4 hours of high definition video to be stored
onto one single sided disc, delivering a new, high definition, viewing experience,
with additional capacity to include extensive added-value content and interactive
applications using broadband Internet.
To balance the rights of all parties involved, including the needs of the content
industry, Blu-ray Disc contains a copy protection mechanism as well as stringent