The Blu-Ray Disc Association has put together a more or less conclusive agreement on a batch of standards for the next generation of their once very popular Blu-ray discs. The new 4K Blu-ray versions of these discs have been in the making since at least the middle of last year and are expected to be released towards the middle or end of 2015.
According to the latest news on the new, concreted standards from the BDA, the association will support three different High Dynamic Range technologies in its new 4K Blu-ray discs. These include specs from both Dolby Vision, the HDR system that is being offered by Philips and a joint HDR standard that comes from Technicolor and is part of the MPEG/SMPTE proposals of the company.
Also important is the fact that the new Blu-ray 4K disc specifications fit in with the “Recommendation 2020” protocol that has been put forth by the EBU and includes proposals not only for the much wider color gamuts that will come with HDR but also delivers the highly important technology of “better pixels” that is being promised for ultra HD. “Better pixels” are supposed to dramatically improve the visual quality of the 4K resolution screens that emerge with them even though UHD screens already offer some of the best picture quality in existence today.
According to “Large Display Monitor”, the trade magazine that originally reported on the new UHD Blu-ray standards, the combined specs for better pixels, HDR variations and other improvements to 4K visuals will indeed be embraced by the Blu-ray Disc Association by the middle of the year.
The 4K Blu-ray discs themselves, and the media players that support them should both then start appearing later in 2015; though Panasonic has already unveiled a 4K Blu-ray media player at the International CES 2015 in January of this year.