Sony’s Blu-Ray disc player now available

06Dec06

Sony has launched a disc player that runs on the much touted Blu-Ray technology. 

blue ray

Picture source – Best Buy Blu-Ray page 

 What is Blue-ray?

Blu-ray, also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD), is the name of a next-generation optical disc format jointly developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), a group of the world’s leading consumer electronics, personal computer and media manufacturers (including Apple, Dell, Hitachi, HP, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TDK and Thomson).

Source : Blu-Ray website

A blu-ray disc can hold upto 25GB of informaion including movies, images and so on.

The player was launched on December 1 and is available at all major retails stores in the United States. Best Buy is selling the player for $999.

For more information about Blu-ray, the technology and related information, go to the Blu-Ray website.

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7 Responses to “Sony’s Blu-Ray disc player now available”

  1. As expected from Sony, the player is very expensive. Will have to wait for a little bit for players from the SEAsia which will be available for a fraction of that cost. Instead, its better to go in for a PS3 which comes with a BluRay Disc Player

    Now we’ll have to see which of the 2 formats – Blu Ray / HD will stay and then decide to go in for one. In the interim, I hope there becomes available a player that plays both formats seamlessly!

  2. Adel,

    Samsung also launched a player with the same technology and the price is the same compared to Sony’s. This was back in June 06. Link – http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/002257.html.

    Talking about the PS3, my guess is that it will come to India late next year, considering the fact that it has a price tag of $600 for the advanced version.

    Have Indian retailers ever thought about the Nintendo Wii? This product has been getting a lot of rave reviews.

    “Now we’ll have to see which of the 2 formats – Blu Ray / HD will stay and then decide to go in for one. In the interim, I hope there becomes available a player that plays both formats seamlessly!”

    That will take time. I hope this technology does not make the dvd obselete like what the cd did to the venerable tape.

  3. Adel,

    The Wall Street Journal has a comparison between the HD and Blu-ray formats here – http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-dvdtech0606.html.

    Via – Amit Agarwal.

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