BDA Begins Licensing Next-Generation Specs

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) Jan. 8 said it has begun licensing of the latest Blu-ray Disc format expansion.

As of Jan. 1, companies can license specifications for next-generation broadcast recordable Blu-ray Disc format, which allows consumers in the Japanese market to record, view and archive Ultra HD broadcast content on new BD-RE XL media, as well as on legacy BD-R and BD-RE discs.

“Blu-ray Disc’s large data capacity has made it a top choice for archiving personal video content,” the trade group says. In Japan, where there are three times more Blu-ray recorders in homes than there are players, it’s widely used for recording and archiving broadcast content.

According to JEITA, more than 2 million Blu-ray recorders were shipped in 2016 and a similar number is forecasted for 2017, while approximately 600,000 Blu-ray players were shipped during the same years.

“Due to different business models and certain cultural aspects in Japan, Blu-ray recorder sales have outpaced player sales since the introduction of the format,” said Victor Matsuda, chair of the BDA Global Promotions Committee.  “Recording and archiving broadcast content is common in Japan and, with Ultra HD broadcast scheduled to launch there towards the end of 2018, adding Ultra HD recording capability was a given for the BDA and is an important benefit for Japanese consumers.”

Highlights of the Ultra HD Blu-ray recordable specifications, which were completed in November of 2017, include:

  • Recording and playback of Ultra HD broadcast streams at up to 100Mbps in new BD-RE XL media
  • Recording of Ultra HD broadcast streams on legacy BD-R/BD-RE media
  • New File system specifications for recording AV streams up to 100Mbps
  • AACS2 recordable technology
  • Support for HEVC and HDR (Hybrid Log Gamma)

The new BD-RE-XL discs will allow for more than two hours of recording, even in the case of 100Mbps AV streams. “And as has always been the case, Ultra HD Blu-ray recorders are required to play current Blu-ray, BD-R and BD-RE discs, meaning that consumers can continue to enjoy their existing recorded content collections as well as the vast 10,000+ title Blu-ray Disc library and the continually growing catalog of Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs,” the BDA says.

The BDA also is launching a series of videos to help consumers better understand 4K UHD.  All five videos have been uploaded to the BDA’s website and YouTube channel and are now live.

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