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More details on Ultra HD Blu-ray confirmed at CES 2015

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Panasonic 4K Blu-ray prototype

The Blu-ray Disc Association has confirmed its 4K format will go by the name of Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Speaking at CES 2015 (via Hexus), the BDA offered more details ahead of the roll-out planned before the end of the year.

According to the group, Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will have a maximum resolution of 3849 x 2169, with video playing at up to 60 frames per second.

Importantly the players will support High Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery, which will future proof them, as more content adapts to include it. The colour gamut is also wider than existing Blu-ray players (up to REC 2020 or BT2020 colour space, if you’re inclined to know) and there’ll be support for 10-bit colour depth.

The discs themselves will come in at a whopping 66GB on the low-end, while some will contain a whopping 100GB of data.

They’ll support the 4K standard H.265 code, be compatible with HDMI 1.2 and 2.0 and also play nice with existing Blu-ray and DVD discs.

The final technical specifications will be finalised by the summer, with the first titles and players expected to go on sale by the end of the year.

Read more: Best of CES 2015: The tech that impressed us

Panasonic already used CES to unveil the first prototype Ultra HD Blu-ray player, so we’d expect the company to be leading the charge when it comes to the new format?

However, is there really any need for Ultra HD Blu-ray in this streaming-centric age? Or will physical media come to the rescue of an internet infrastructure that isn’t yet ready to handle the massive bandwidth required for 4K movies?

Also, what do you think of the name Ultra HD Blu-ray? To us Blu-ray 4K seems catchier…

Let us know your thoughts below.

Machiel

January 10, 2015, 6:45 am

Even current blu ray is superior to any streaming option so we will need physical media for a lag free and ultimate picture quality.

One thing I miss in the specs is audio. It would be great if the new standard would also embrace the new high resolution audio trend, also hd audio is in search of a medium.

manni01

January 10, 2015, 12:14 pm

You need to correct the resolution... 2849x2168 doesn't sound right for UHD :)
Also the Panasonic prototyped turnout out to be an empty box apparently as reported by some who actually asked to see it work.

Kulti Vator

January 10, 2015, 2:43 pm

Other sites have reported the actual resolution associated with this announcement as being 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.

manni01

January 10, 2015, 2:54 pm

Yes of course, that's the only possible resolution for UHD, hence the :) in my comment

Kulti Vator

January 10, 2015, 5:39 pm

Subtle attempt to make a sarcastic remark about the quality of some of TR's news-bites, which are increasingly packed with silly errors...

e.g. if other sites have reported the right info, why can't TR be 'trusted' to do the same?

I'll be more blunt in future ;-)

<topicalrhetoric>
Sharp might argue there's a case for UHD content to encoded at 8K resolution, after their announcements this week.
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manni01

January 10, 2015, 7:11 pm

I get this, but my smiley was already a subtle attempt to make a sarcastic remark... The time when Trusted Reviews could be trusted - at least from a technical point of view - is gone. What's sad is that not only do they write mistakes like this in articles, they almost never correct them. Well, this one they might because it's obvious and not debatable, but I frequently comment on errors in articles and they either can't be bothered to do their homework or they prefer to just leave it as it is. I can't really understand. Let's see how long it takes them to correct this, clearly they are all away for the week-end :).

manni01

January 10, 2015, 7:18 pm

Forgot to say that there is no chance to see 8K in UHD content simply because there is no content available at more than 4K (except a few experimental live broadcasts). You might get 8K for live broadcasts, but content will be encoded in 4K (Well, UHD) for quite a while I'm afraid.

torjs99

January 11, 2015, 11:18 am

agreed just streaming the different audio options available on blu ray would max out netflix

torjs99

January 12, 2015, 8:43 am

is that resolution right? i notice it hasn't been corrected since manni01 noticed it 2 days ago.

Crippled by UK State goons

January 13, 2015, 1:52 am

I just hope I don`t have to buy two of these for different region discs; otherwise its no worth the bother or cost..
Second thoughts; maybe I will stick to the pair of Sony BDPS790 players I got a few years ago which upscale to 4k. One for each region I (also) use/need.

torjs99

January 14, 2015, 9:10 am

you are getting what was seen in the cinema for your money. will make bluray look like dvd.

Crippled by UK State goons

January 14, 2015, 1:50 pm

If its multi-region, many people will end up buying one.

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