Monday, 25 June 2007

Blu-Ray Disc – What’s all the fuss about?

So your thinking about buying a Playstation 3 but your not sure if your enough of a hard-core gamer? Well what about movies? Do you enjoying sitting down in front of a big LCD TV and watching the Godfather on DVD (just like pretty much every other man who ever lived)? Well if you do then the PS3 offers you another treat … Blu-Ray Disc!

Blu-Ray disc is the next generation entertainment format specially designed to show superb, crystal clear images on a high definition (HD) television. It is claimed the picture is SIX times better quality than that of standard DVDs. That’s not all, with up to 7.1 digital surround sound and the ability to offer advanced interactive content, Blue-Ray discs offer an entertainment experience that is out of this world.

I know what your thinking; “is this another Betamax”? and “how long will this format be around”? Well Blu-Ray disc has the support of over 170 leading entertainment companies including Sony, MGM, Panasonic, HP, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Brothers to name but a few. So with the biggest names in movies, video games, electronics, computing and music there seems to be a commitment to bring the best content onto the Blu-Ray format so that you have an amazing range of high definition films, TV, games and music to choose from now and well into the future.

High definition content takes up a lot of space. As such a dual layer Blu-ray Disc can store 50 GB, almost 6 times the size of a dual layer DVD at 8.5 GB. This allows a much better definition of picture quality which is immediately noticeable when comparing to a normal DVD. But to see this you’ll need to have a TV that is HD ready! Most LCD flat screen televisions are HD ready nowadays but to be sure check on the box or in the manual. Finally, if you don’t have or want a PS3, you will need to purchase a dedicated Blu-Ray Disc player available from the likes of Sony, Philips, Pioneer, and Sharp.

So thinking of making a purchase? Well with the support of so many big companies we suspect Blu-Ray will be around for many years to come, and the quality over standard DVDs is unquestionable, so KJ Beckett can guarantee you will be able to enjoy an advanced entertainment now and well into the future. Go on, go out and buy one, you know you want to!

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