Blu Ray and DVD R Compatibility

There has been a lot of talk with Blu Ray. What is it? Why is it so expensive? Just what makes it more special than DVD?

Basically, Blu Ray represents the new thing in optical storage technology, and stands to replace the ever popular DVD format status quo. Blu Ray Discs stands to "out-store" DVDs in the sense that Blu Ray discs are capable of storing more data compared to DVD discs. A standard DVD could store up to 4.7 gigabytes of data, while a dual-layer DVD disc could store up to 8.5 gigabytes of data. These data figures could mean video files, audio files, basically any type of file which personal computer systems or home theater systems could utilize. A Blu Ray disc could store up to 25 gigabytes of data, while dual-layer Blu Ray discs could store up to 50 gigabytes of data.

One Blu Ray disc could contain the contents of five DVDs. Truly something in itself. As DVD videos support resolutions of up to 720 x 480, Blu Ray supports video resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080, resulting for clearer video resolutions, along with superb audio surround sound quality. In Blu Ray technology, a blue hued laser is utilized in its successful operation. Blue, having a shorter wavelength, allows Blu Ray players more precise data reading abilities, over red hued lasers, which DVDs and CDs are rooted on. Blu Ray, with its impressive storage capacity, along with the coordination of audio video codecs, makes it the perfect medium for the distribution of High Definition movies, or HDTV files.

To make things more interesting, there are a number of Blu Ray players out there designed with DVD R compatibility. This imbedded DVD R compatibility defines these items as capable of dealing with Blu Ray format discs, as well as with DVD format discs. With DVD R compatibility listed as among the many features of such players, users could easily "go back" to DVDs, while be still in "the now" with their Blu Ray players.

As with DVD R compatibility is a feature in many Blu Ray players, Blu Ray discs come in similar formats to that of DVDs and CDs. There is the BD-ROM, the BD-R and the BD-RE. The BD ROM is the read only class of Blu Ray discs, where High Definition movies are distributed in, as well as various personal computer software types, and games for game consoles which come with Blu Ray support. BD-R are the recordable types of Blu Ray discs, while BD-RE are the rewritable class of Blu Ray discs.

So if you are on the lookout for a Blu Ray player, pick one with DVD R compatibility. You won't regret it.