Aug 272015


Should you be excited about Ultra HD Blu-ray? We answer the biggest questions about the new players, the movies you’ll be able to watch and the essential kit you’ll need to enjoy higher resolution movies

Well, this is awkward. Just at a time when the tech world’s chattering classes are rushing to declare physical media dead and buried, the movie studios and consumer electronics manufacturers are getting together in a startling show of unity to tell us that actually what we all really want are more discs on our shelves.

The discs in question are called Ultra HD Blu-rays, and the core thinking behind them is that they will finally give consumers a way of unlocking all the picture quality potential of the new 4K UHD TVs currently sweeping the TV marketplace.

Here we take a look at these and other questions to try and figure out just how high up on your ‘next big purchase’ list Ultra HD Blu-ray should be.

How will Ultra HD Blu-ray improve your viewing experience?

By using much higher capacity discs Ultra HD Blu-ray will be able to deliver your TV pictures containing an Ultra HD (also known as 4K) resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, versus the 1920×1080 pixels delivered by most current Blu-ray discs.

This amounts to four times as much resolution and pixel density, giving an experience – when delivered well – that’s often described as feeling more like looking through a window than watching TV.

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