Blu-ray, also called Blu-ray discs, is the following technological format for holding information on optical discs. These outweigh traditional DVDs because Blu-ray Discs are able to store 5 times more data than DVDs.
This makes Blu-ray Discs the perfect format for High Definition (HD) video, enabling viewers to experience crystal clear pictures and stunning surround sound, providing a truly immersive experience. For these reasons, Blu-ray has become the latest industry accepted standard for HD movies, with practically every major release now available on Blu-ray Discs, and many more to come in the future. Blu-ray Disc players are also backwards compatible with DVDs, so you will still be able to play your existing film collection on a new Blu-ray player. In fact, many of the current generation players will even upscale the quality of the DVD, which will increase the playback quality so DVDs will look much better than they do when viewed on standard DVD players.
In order to take full advantage of the unprecedented benefits that Blu-ray offers, it is important to make sure that you have all of the right pieces of equipment. The most important of these is a Blu-ray Disc Player, which reads the video data stored on the discs and sends it to your TV. To maintain the optimum image resolution offered by Blu-ray, you need to have an HD Ready television, ideally with full 1080p support, which means that it will display videos at the maximum resolution possible. If your TV does not support 1080p, you can still enjoy some of the benefits of Blu-ray, and simply upgrade your TV at a later stage if you wish.
You might also want to invest in a surround sound speaker system, which means you will get a fully immersive audio experience from Blu-ray movies. Blu-ray movies support up to 7.1 surround sound, which means there are eight separate speakers each producing a slightly different sound, so when they are positioned correctly around a room, they produce a rich, 3D listening experience. 5.1 and 2.1 surround sound systems are also available which create a similar effect for consumers with limited space and budgets.
Many Blu-ray Disc players available on the market come as part of a home cinema system package, which includes the Blu-ray disc player, in addition to a set of surround sound speakers, to offer a truly immersive home theatre experience.