First we had VHS tapes, then we had DVDs and in 2006 Blu-rays gave us the ability to enjoy watching TV in high-definition on flat-screen TVs. And just when we got comfortable with our extensive Blu-ray collection a new technology is on the horizon – Ultra HD Blu-ray. The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) confirmed that it has finalised the specifications for this new and improved disc format.
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Here’s what we know so far, with more details being released later this year:
- The new disc format will be able to support new 4K video standards;
- The player will be compatible with current Blu-ray discs so your collection won’t go to waste;
- The new Ultra HD Blu-ray format supports 3840×2160 pixel resolution and incorporates high frame rate video of up to 60fps;
- The BDA promises “expanded colour range support, high dynamic range and will support next-generation immersive, object-based sound formats“;
- Specs on the sound formats that will be supported weren’t released, with the BDA stating that specific audio support won’t be mandatory and “if it’s on the disc it’s passed through“.