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Blu-ray or Blu-ray disk (BD, BRD) is a highly advanced and efficient optical data storage format. It was intended to succeed DVDs, as it is considered to be the best way to store HD (1080p) videos. The name "Blu-ray" is due to the blue/violet laser used to read and write data on Blu ray discs, which allows for data to be stored more densely compared to the conventional red laser optical drives.
Accessing data on Blu-ray disks requires specialised optical drives known as Blu-ray players. Although they are conventionally used to store HD videos, they are in fact also used for Sony PlayStation game discs. The technology was created by the Blu-ray Disc Association, which includes many hardware and software manufacturers and media corporations, including Sony, Samsung, Apple, and Warner Bros.
The first Blu-ray player was created by Samsung, and the Samsung blu ray player was launched in 2006. The very first Blu-ray movie disc were also released in the same year. They included 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, Twister, Underworld: Evolution, xXx, and The Terminator.
Apart from better storage capacity, Blu-ray discs are capable of greater data transfer speeds which usually also means a slight performance and quality increase than DVDs. Blu-ray discs can store up to 25 GB of data per layer (50 GB on a dual-layer disc), whereas HD-DVD can only hold 15 GB of data per layer (30 GB on a dual-layer disc). It also sports a higher data transfer rate for video and audio at 54 Mbps compared to the 36.55 Mbps data transfer speed of DVDs.
Nowadays, Blu-ray has garnered support from the world's leading consumer electronics, personal computer and media manufacturers, like Sony, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Pioneer, Sharp, JVC, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, TDK, Thomson, LG, Apple, HP and Dell. And you can get all of them ShopClues.com; that too with lots of discounts and offers.