Blu-ray goes 3D!

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) recently announced the finalization and release of their Blu-ray 3-D specifications. What does this mean for you? The technology is now in place for you to have a full 3-D experience in the convenience of your own home. The 3-D specification delivers two full HD 1080p resolution images to each eye. The result is a 3-D-encoded movie that will most likely take up about 50 percent more space than the previous disks that were encoded in 2-D.

Regarding compatibility, the specification is display agnostic, meaning that Blu-ray 3-D products will deliver the 3-D image to any compatible 3-D display, regardless of whether that display uses LCD, plasma or other technologies. It also appears that some Blu-ray players, including the PS3, will be upgradeable to support 3-D. If that’s not cool enough, the 3-D discs will have a 2-D mode for your existing player. It also looks like the new 3-D players will be able to play 2-D content for full backwards compatibility.

Victor Matsuda, chairman of BDA Global Promotions Committee, believes 3-D content will be a hit with the home entertainment industry. Movie goers have shown an overwhelming preference for 3-D when presented with the option to see a theatrical release in either 3-D or 2-D,” said Matsuda, We believe this demand for 3-D content will carry over into the home now that we have, in Blu-ray Disc, a medium that can deliver a quality Full HD 3-D experience to the living room.

The 3-D specifications boasts new features that provide a new experience for users. It enables DVD software to use 3-D graphic menus for navigation and will allow for 3-D subtitles positioned in 3-D space.

Expect to see more details become available as CES approaches.

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