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Blu-Ray is to be set as the future standard of movie format. It is advertised to have clearer and higher quality picture and sound. It was involved in the "Format Wars" against HD-DVD. Blu Ray won when Toshiba decided to drop HD-DVD. Blu-Ray also is available readily on Sony's Playstation 3 console.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc
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1 It great logic to go from VHS to DVD and from there, it felt good. But, Blu-Ray is just an overrated POS which unfortunately will become a standard we'll have to deal with. I'm still not going to bother with Blu-Ray until it manages to phase DVD out which will be a few years. I don't like the bloated features they implemented. It's too corporate-friendly which means they're hounding your every move when you try playing the movie or having to have it online. I remember the adverts in DVD movies trying to show off the Blu-Ray features it came with every movie. I think it'd be annoying to chat while a movie is playing or having all these things on the screen while watching the movie. The point we buy copies of movies for, is to watch the movie. We could do without those stupid un-necessary features. It's like ditching that 2nd disc of a 2-disc edition of a movie because usually we don't care about it and by now most of us know what they probably used to do the effects they do. -- Submitted By: (Infyrin) on October 6, 2013, 3:15 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Don't have it, don't need it, don't want it. -- Submitted By: (Jp) on August 29, 2012, 12:19 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Bah. It took us forever to finally dump VHS for DVD; we didn't go for DVD right away because of the huge collection of VHS tapes we amassed over the years. We couldn't abandon them, we worked too hard to just dump them for some format that would/could go obsolete in less than a decade. Then came the day we were literally forced to wean ourselves off of VHS: new movies were released on DVD only. VHS recording ran up to 6 hours, you could record over shows or movies you no longer cared about or needed, and blank tapes were relatively inexpensive. But there were cons: to get to certain parts, you had to Fast Forward until you reached it. And if the tape was at the very beginning and the part was near the end, you'd be waiting several minutes to hit Play. You had to rewind the tape, otherwise if you left it in the middle, the tape would warp right where you left it. Tapes could get eaten by the VHS player. Then, at last, we gave DVDs a try: You didn't need to fast forward to reach the end; all you had to do was go through a menu to pick the part you wanted to see. Fast Forward now had more speeds, and in the time it took to Fast Forward a tape, you could Fast Forward the same DVD about 8-16 times in a row. It took about a year for movies to go from silver screen to tapes on store shelves, but it takes DVD mere months. They had higher storage capabilities and had features not seen in VHS: Commentary mode, animatics (for animated movies), and more. Discs are way smaller than tapes, and you could fit many discs in storage case. But, there were cons: DVD players were pricey back then and DVDs with recording capabilities were expensive. Nowadays, the prices have gone down, so the cons are all but eliminated. And so, we rebuilt our VHS collection on DVD. Now, enter Blu-Ray. It's the advent of DVD all over again, this time repackaged with more memory, and you need a whole new player in order to use it. Nobody I know has one. Plus, with Hulu, downloadable movies, and other competition, there's not really much of a reason to own one. -- Submitted By: () on August 28, 2012, 3:24 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 When it came out, it wasn't nearly as big a leap forward as DVD had been over VHS, and was caught in a format war with HD-DVD for a limited pool of early adopters, with the vast bulk of consumers taking a wait-and-see approach. By the time it was the clear winner, the global recession hit. As that ever-so-slowly eases up, digital downloading has become the new standard and there is simply no demand from consumers for a new physical format. Whatever technical issues it has, add lousy timing on top of it! -- Submitted By: (yoda) on August 24, 2012, 7:30 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Congrats Travoltron, you just convinced me not bothering with BluRay is the best choice I could make :-) -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on July 7, 2012, 12:51 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 If you have an HD-TV, Blu-ray is essential. DVD was designed for old TVs and it shows. When everything works, Blu-ray is great. BUT, with all the DRM and copy protection on these things, they make them too cumbersome for those that aren't tech savvy. For example, I use a Sony PS3 and I bought a generic HDMI cable to connect it to my TV. It wouldn't work; it would only work once I bought a _Sony_ HDMI cable. Also, they change the type of copy protection every few months. So when you get a brand new Blu-ray it often will not work until you upgrade your player's firmware. So you either have to have your player connected to the internet or have the tech skills to flash the firmware by hand. People like my parents COULD NOT DO THIS. And some people buy players whose manufacturers go out of business and CAN'T upgrade. Of course, pirates have already figured out how to crack this copy protection and ironically they aren't affected at all. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on July 4, 2012, 5:57 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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