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Blu-ray Founders Planning Simplified Licensing Scheme


Blu-ray Founders Planning Simplified Licensing Scheme

Blu-ray founders Panasonic, Philips, and Sony have announced plans to establish a company to be charged with managing Blu-ray licenses. The intention is to have a so-called "one-stop shop" for all hardware manufactures - however big or small to deal with, simplifying the Blu-ray licensing process.

The proposal would, Philips Sony and Panasonic say, create "a level playing field for independent and corporate manufacturers alike." Licence fees would be fixed at $9.50 for a Blu-ray player $14.00 for a recorder, $0.11 for a read-only disc, $0.12 for a recordable disc, and $0.15 for a rewritable Blu-ray. These fees would fund a "patent pool," presumably before being distributed out between the Blu-ray Disc Association's members.

According to Rosenthal: "By establishing a new licensing entity that offers a single license for Blu-ray Disc products at attractive rates, I am confident that it will foster the growth of the Blu-ray Disc market and serve the interest of all companies participating in this market, be it as licensee or licensor."

If it means cheaper discs, all well and good considering that, apathy aside, pricing seem sot be the main reason behind most non-adopters reluctance to enjoy the high-definition delights of Blu-ray. The new licensing scheme will come into effect mid-year, pending approval from all Blu-ray patent holders.


David McBroom

March 2, 2009, 5:40 pm

Maybe it's just me being cynical, but it can't just be co-incidence that these large companies who are struggling with the credit crunch have now got their act together.

The fact that we are now being told that both blu-ray discs and players should now become cheaper later on this year is only going to make people hold on once again before moving over to blu-ray. If the VAT reduction that was brought in a few months ago could be implemented within a couple of weeks of its announcement, why the wait with reductions for blu-ray.


March 2, 2009, 5:52 pm

Maybe we'll finally see BluRay drives landing as a CTO option in Mac Pro's before too long then! If this puts an end to Steve Jobs' "bag of hurt" surrounding BluRay that is...


March 2, 2009, 7:17 pm

the only use i'd see for bluray is movie playback... and i'm waiting for a laptop drive to come cheap. bluray in a 13 inch laptop is win for me.


March 2, 2009, 11:37 pm

Ho, ho, what's this? Does this mean Steve's "bag of hurt" could be history? I'd like to think they haven't completely abandoned the idea.

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