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Blu-ray Basics : What you should know about Blu-ray

In the mid 1970s we had the VCR or video cassette recorder which played VHS (240 video resolution) or Betamax (250 video resolution) magnetic tape cassettes and could record on blank magnetic tape cassettes. These video/audio tapes were mostly used to record TV broadcasts in the home but also played pre-recorded movies you could buy or rent. The audio was 2-channel stereo.

The 1980s was the era of VHS and in the mid 1990s, people were still renting pre-recorded VHS tapes for home use. VHS started to fade out in favor of DVD in 1997. The DVD (720 x 480 pixel resolution) was thinner, weighed less, and had better video resolution.

DVD also allowed improved audio so instead of only 2-channel stereo, with DVD you can get surround sound. DVD can store the 6 channel Dolby Digital 5.1 audio format and LPCM audio format. The DVD is still popular even in the 2000s but in 2006, a newer technology, the Blu-ray disc was released with even better video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution).

With Blu-ray having increased storage capacity, the audio capabilities also increased along with the video. Blu-ray can provide the 5.1 surround audio formats like DVD plus additional audio formats like lossy Dolby Digital Plus and lossless Dolby TrueHD surround. Dolby ATMOS arrived in 2012 and adds additional height channels. ATMOS rides in a container format like lossy Dolby Digital Plus or lossless Dolby TrueHD.

In 2016, the UHD or Ultra High Definition 4K Blu-ray (3840 × 2160 pixel resolution) was released with even better video resolution. 4K Blu-ray players can play standard Blu-ray discs but standard Blu-ray players cannot play 4K Blu-ray discs.

If your Blu-ray player was released after 2013, it should be capable of playing Dolby Atmos. As long as the Blu-ray player supports Dolby TrueHD and bitstream audio, it can output Dolby Atmos. The soundbar or Audio Video Receiver (AVR) and the Blu-ray disc must also have Dolby Atmos. Not all movies have ATMOS.

If your TV only has ARC (audio return channel), not eARC, then you will be limited to Dolby Digital Plus which may contain a lossy Dolby Atmos audio signal. Newer TVs with HDMI eARC may allow Dolby TrueHD to passthrough to an audio device.

Blu-ray, also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD), is an optical disc format jointly developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), a group of the world's leading consumer electronics, personal computer and media manufacturers (including Apple, Dell, Hitachi, HP, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TDK and Thomson).

The format was developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well as storing large amounts of data. The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and 50GB on a dual-layer disc. The larger capacity is combined with the use of newer advanced video and audio codecs.

While optical disc technologies such as DVD, DVD±R, DVD±RW, and DVD-RAM use a red laser to read and write data, the Blu-ray format uses a blue-violet laser instead, hence the name Blu-ray. Despite the different type of lasers used, Blu-ray products can easily be made backwards compatible with CDs and DVDs through the use of a BD/DVD/CD compatible optical pickup unit. The benefit of using a blue-violet laser (405nm) is that it has a shorter wavelength than a red laser (650nm), which makes it possible to focus the laser spot with even greater precision.

This allows data to be packed more tightly and stored in less space, so it's possible to fit more data on the disc even though it's the same size as a CD/DVD. This together with the change of numerical aperture to 0.85 is what enables Blu-ray Discs to hold 25GB/50GB. Recent development by Pioneer has pushed the storage capacity to 500GB on a single disc by using 20 layers.

Blu-ray is currently supported by about 200 of the world's leading consumer electronics, personal computer, recording media, video game and music companies. The format also has support from all Hollywood studios and countless smaller studios as a successor to the DVD format.

Ultra HD Blu-ray or 4K Ultra HD, UHD-BD, or 4K Blu-ray

4K Blu-ray is a high-density optical disc format using H.265/MPEG-H Part 2 (HEVC) encoding with a capacity of 50 GB (dual-layer, 92 Mb/s) or 66 GB (dual-layer, 123, 144 Mb/s) or 100 GB (triple-layer, 123, 144 Mb/s). Reads with a 405 nm laser. Dimensions are 120 mm (4.7 in) diameter. Ultra-high-definition video has even better video resolution than 1080p. 4K Blu-ray is the successor to Standard Blu-ray. Released on February 14, 2016.

Standard Blu-ray players cannot play 4K Blu-ray discs but 4K Blu-ray players can play 4K Blu-ray discs, Standard Blu-ray discs, DVD and CD.
For 4K resolution, you need a 4K TV display that supports HDCP2.2 capable HDMI input using Premium High-Speed HDMI Cable or High-Speed HDMI Cable that supports 18 Gbps bandwidth.

Which is better, 4K Blu-ray or 4K Netflix? Well, the answer is it depends on what your priorities are. If picture quality is a top concern, then 4K Blu-ray is better but if cost is a major factor, then 4K Netflix is better, so this is a complex question. Many people are satisfied with DVD, in fact DVD movies outsell Blu-ray which outsells 4K Blu-ray. The cost for a 4K Blu-ray player plus the extra cost for 4K Blu-ray discs is measured against the cost for Netflix service. Blu-ray does not need internet while Netflix must have internet and at least 25 Mbps speed for 4K movies. Internet costs per month plus movie cost compared to Blu-ray movies you buy and own, yeah it gets complicated and the landscape is always changing.

Connecting Your Blu-ray Player

See Blu-ray Connection diagrams for connection to TV and Surround Sound

Blu-ray players deliver high-definition video and next-generation audio in addition to playing your standard DVDs. Bluray players also have the capability to stream movies online from providers like Netflix. So you can see that Bluray players can deliver content in a variety of ways.

Blu-ray Disc: High-definition video up to 1080p

Blu-ray Disc™ is the best source of high-definition video. BD delivers images that are even more lifelike than the best HD television broadcasts. Blu-ray can deliver 1080p, the highest resolution currently available. Satellite and Cable TV often compress their signals, so if you want to get the most out of your HDTV, you may be interested in seeing what Bluray Disc can offer.

Enjoy the best possible picture from your Blu-ray player with a 1080p HDTV.

Do I need a 1080p TV? No, not necessarily.

Blu-ray players let you select the resolution that best matches your TV. When you pair a Blu-ray player with a 1080p display, you'll enjoy the most detailed picture possible. But, you'll still get an impressive HD picture with a 720p or 1080i HDTV set.

Next-generation audio

In addition to high-definition video, Blu-ray also gives you more detailed sound. Blu-ray Discs and players can provide the same Dolby® Digital and DTS® soundtracks as standard DVD, plus advanced audio versions.

Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD™ High Resolution (DTS-HD)

Both offer up to 7.1-channel surround sound, for even more enveloping audio than standard 5.1-channel Dolby Digital and DTS. They also use less compression than their DVD counterparts for a more faithful reproduction of the original movie soundtrack.

Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio

These formats use "lossless" compression to deliver soundtracks that are identical to the movie studio's original master, for the closest possible reproduction of the movie theater experience. Some discs also feature multichannel PCM soundtracks which are uncompressed audio that also matches the high quality of the studio master.

Do all Blu-ray players support the new HD audio formats?

Not all, but many do support them. All Blu-ray players must support Dolby Digital, DTS, and PCM. However, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio are all optional. So if you want to enjoy the greater detail that the new audio formats deliver, be sure to choose a player that can handle them. Look for the new audio logos on the front of the player. If you see them, the player should support them. Choose a well-known brand like Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and make sure you can return the player if it does not support the HD audio formats.

Most Blu-ray players can decode Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD internally. Some players can also decode DTS-HD High Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio. But be aware that not all Blu-ray players with built-in surround sound decoding have multichannel analog outputs, so in most cases, you'll use HDMI cable connections to take advantage of the player's internal decoder. Some models do still offer multichannel analog audio connections, so be sure to look for them if you have a home theater receiver without HDMI inputs. You can read more about connecting your Blu-ray player below.

These new audio formats also need to be present on your source content. As of October 2009, the vast majority of Blu-ray discs include one or more of the lossless formats, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and PCM, with DTS-HD Master Audio being the most prevalent. About one-fifth include conventional Dolby Digital soundtracks, and a handful of discs have soundtracks in Dolby Digital Plus and/or DTS-HD High Resolution. Remember, a disc can include soundtracks in more than one format.

Blu-ray Profiles

Blu-ray players are generally grouped into three categories, known as "profiles," that define their capabilities.

Profile 1 Version 1.0 The basic Blu-ray profile. All Blu-ray players released before November 1, 2007 fit into this profile.

Profile 1 Version 1.1 (also known as Final Standard Profile) Adds secondary audio and video decoders for BonusView (picture-in-picture) support. This can be used for things like director's commentary. The player displays the movie in its original, full-screen form while also playing video commentary from the film director on a smaller, inset screen. Players in this profile also need to include 256MB of local storage for audio/video and title updates. This can either be built into the player or available through a removable memory card or USB drive.

Profile 2 (also known as BD-Live) Includes all of the functions of Profile 1 Version 1.1, but increases local storage capacity to 1GB. Players in this profile must also include an Internet connection. This lets you connect the player directly to the Internet to access bonus material available on some Blu-ray movies. Some movie studios also use this capability for things like online games and chat.

If you have a Profile 1 Version 1.0 player (any player released before November 1, 2007), be advised that it's not upgradeable to Version 1.1 because these players lack the hardware necessary to decode the secondary audio and video streams (Sony's PlayStation® 3 is an exception).

Netflix®, Pandora®, and other online services

In addition to delivering high-definition movies and related bonus features, the newer Blu-ray players let you stream movies and music from online services like Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, and more. You'll need subscriptions to these services and a broadband Internet connection. Once you're connected, you can enjoy movies from your Netflix Instant Queue, for example. Or listen to music from Pandora, an Internet radio service that creates on-the-fly play lists based on your musical tastes. Some other players give you access to other content, like digital photos stored on your computer, or stock information and weather reports.

Internet TV Media Boxes Compared

Built-in Wi-Fi

Some Bluray players feature integrated wireless functionality (802.11n/g/b/a), so you can now easily connect to the internet to download and stream BD-Live™1 content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games and more. While compatible with most home wireless routers, check to be sure yours is compatible. In addition, always check the player you are considering to be sure it has streaming capability and is compatible with the content provider you want to use such as Netflix. All players are NOT the same.

Some Bluray players have the capability to automatically find your wireless network and register with that router. For any home with a wireless router already installed, this kind of player will search for the signal and connect to the Internet. Earlier models required the user to go through several steps before the player could connect to a wireless router.

If the wireless router is secured with a security code, the user can easily input the code into the software in the player. This takes only a couple minutes. Periodically, the player will display a message on the TV screen that a new software update is available and the user can then download and install the update.

Belkin’s N+ Wireless Router
For those with older routers, a newer model might be in order. The easiest is the Belkin N+ Wireless Router. The set up on this router is easy and it can be programmed with a security code to keep unwanted users from piggybacking on the Internet through the router. In some instances, the WPS button on the router might need to be pressed when the BD player is first set up, and the Belkin N+ Wireless Router puts the button right on the front of the router for easy access. Once the router and the player are set, viewers can then take advantage of the BD Live features that are included on many Blu-ray discs. Not every Blu-ray disc contains BD Live features, however they are becoming more popular as viewers get savvier about their entertainment and their movie viewing.

BD Live features range from allowing friends to chat on screen when they’re watching the same movie even if they are across the country, play games with each other, view added content about the film, and interact with others through the Blu-ray movie. Disney Home Entertainment is adding more and more BD Live features to their Blu-ray discs. The future for BD Live is staggering. By adding the Internet to home movie viewing, an entirely new dimension opens up.

Home Internet connection

Windows LAN configuration

Most of today's Blu-ray players also have the extra capabilities you may have grown accustomed to with your DVD player, such as the ability to play regular CDs and those filled with MP3 files. Many of them can play WMA music files, too. Most models also let you pop in a disc filled with JPEG digital photos, so you can display your favorite digital photos on your TV screen.

Hookup Diagram - LAN and Cable TV - Bluray, internet

This setup shows a wired ethernet connection for computer and Bluray, and HDTV with HDMI cables. The cable modem can be bought or rented and a router is highly recommended in order to share your internet connection. Most Cable TV providers offer broadband internet service. The cost depends on desired speeds for data transmissions. High Definition video will require fast download speeds.

Network Setup

To begin setting up the network connection for your Bluray player, follow these steps on the Bluray player:

Go to the Home menu, select Settings, and then press the ENTER button. Next select Network, and then press the ENTER button. Next select Network Settings, and then press the ENTER button. Next select Network Type, and then press the ENTER button. Next select Wired or Wireless, and then press the ENTER button.

Network Settings
Contact your ISP to find out if your IP address is static or dynamic. If it is dynamic, sometimes you can use the Auto setting. This is the easiest and will work in the majority of cases. If your IP address is static, you must use the manual set up procedure.

Setting Up a Wired Connection - Auto
If you select Auto, the Network Function acquires and fills in the values for IP Address, Subnet Mask, etc., automatically. This process can take several minutes. After the Network Function has acquired the network values (IP address, subnet mask, DNS), press the RETURN button. Then, run a Network Test to ensure the player has connected to your network. If the Network Function does not acquire the network values or you selected Manual, go to the directions for Manual Network Setup.

For Manual setup of Network you must fill in the values yourself.

IP Address
Subnet Mask
DNS Server

Contact your Internet Service Provider for assistance if you cannot setup your player. If you already have broadband internet service in the home, setup should be straight-forward.


If you have a wireless setup and you want to download HD video from a movie service, you may want to be aware of possible pitfalls. Wireless usually requires security so that unauthorized users cannot pirate your signals. Wireless also may experience video stalls or uneven video. When choosing wired or wireless, think about your video experience. Setting up wireless is very much like wired only with additional steps for the security.

How to Install a Cable Modem, DSL

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For an explanation of some Networking Terms such as IP address, click here.

Audio Codecs Supported by Blu-ray

* Linear PCM (LPCM) - up to 8 channels of uncompressed audio
* Dolby Digital (DD) - format used for DVDs, 5.1-channel surround sound
* Dolby Digital Plus (DD ) - extension of Dolby Digital, 7.1-channel surround sound
* Dolby TrueHD - lossless encoding of up to 8 channels of audio
* DTS Digital Surround - format used for DVDs, 5.1-channel surround sound
* DTS-HD High Resolution Audio - extension of DTS, 7.1-channel surround sound
* DTS-HD Master Audio - lossless encoding of up to 8 channels of audio

Other Blu-ray Services

Netflix®, Pandora® and other services - In addition to delivering high-def movies, some newer Blu-ray players let you stream movies and music from online services like Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, and more.

Top Bluray Players:

  • Sony

  • Panasonic

  • LG

  • Oppo

  • Samsung

  • Pioneer

  • Denon

Blu-ray Disc's basic features: It can store 25 GB (single layer) or 50 GB (dual layer) on a single-sided disc - about 5 to 10 times the capacity of DVD. As a result, Blu-ray Disc supports the highest quality HD video available in the industry (up to 1920 x 1080 at 40 Mbit/sec). Large capacity means no compromise on video quality. Furthermore, a Blu-ray Disc has the same familiar size and look as DVD, allowing for compatibility with existing discs. Compatibility across full family Blu-ray Disc Rewritable (BD-RE) and related video specifications were first defined in 2003.

The Blu-ray Disc ROM format for movie distribution is fully based on this specification when it was defined in 2004. As a result, users can play home-recorded discs on all of their Blu-ray Disc equipment; there are no playback compatibility issues as with rewritable DVD formats. The Video Distribution format was widely expanded to offer content producers a full range of additional features unavailable in the home recording format.

The BD-ROM format for movie distribution supports three highly advanced video codecs, including MPEG-2, so an author can choose the most suitable one for a particular application. All codecs are industry standards, meaning easy integration with existing authoring tools, and choice from wide range of encoding solutions. All consumer video resolutions are available: - 1920 x 1080 HD (50i, 60i and 24p) - 1280 x 720 HD (50p, 60p and 24p) - 720 x 576/480 SD (50i or 60i)

The BD-ROM format for movie distribution supports various advanced audio codecs, so an author can choose the most suitable for a particular application. The high capacity and data rate of Blu-ray Disc allow for extreme high quality audio in up to 8 channels to accompany High Definition video. Final audio specifications include DTS (core format), Dolby Digital AC-3 and LPCM (up to 96/24).

Due to Blu-ray Disc's ability to read data from the disc without interrupting the current audio/video stream, a menu can consist of several pages. Users will be able to browse through the menu pages or select different menu paths, while the audio and video remain playing in the background. In DVD-Video, user browsable slideshows were not possible with uninterrupted audio. As a result of Blu-ray Disc's ability to read data from the disc without interrupting the current audio/video stream, users can browse through various still pictures while the audio remains playing.

"BD-J" mode was designed to offer the content provider almost unlimited functionality when creating interactive titles. It is based on Java 2 Micro Edition, so programmers will quickly be familiar with the programming environment for BD-J. Every Blu-ray Disc player will be equipped with a Java interpreter, so that it is capable of running discs authored in BD-J mode. Video can even be scaled dynamically, so that it can be played in a small size in the corner of a menu, and resume full screen when a selection is made.


A Blu-ray Disc player might contain a small amount of non-volatile system storage (flash memory). This system storage can be used to store game scores, bookmarks, favorites from a disc, training course results, etc. As a manufacturer's option, a Blu-ray Disc player may also be equipped with Local Storage (hard disk, to allow large amounts of data like audio/video to be stored).

Internet connection

The BD-J system supports basic Internet protocols like TCP/IP and HTTP. The player may connect to the disc publisher's web site to unlock certain content on the disc (after certain conditions, like payment, are met), or dynamically display certain info (like theater playing schedules for a movie) on the screen. The disc's program may be extended with JPEG pictures or audio fragments downloaded from the Internet, or it can even stream full new audio/visual content to Local Storage.

The name Blu-ray Disc is derived from the blue-violet laser used to read and write this type of disc. Because of its shorter wavelength (405 nm), substantially more data can be stored on a Blu-ray Disc than on the DVD format, which uses a red, 650 nm laser. A single layer Blu-ray Disc can store 25 GB, over 5 times the size of a single layer DVD at 4.7 GB. A dual layer Blu-ray Disc can store 50 GB, almost 6 times the size of a dual layer DVD at 8.5 GB.

Recordable stand-alone players

The first Blu-ray Disc recorder was demonstrated by Sony on March 3, 2003, and was introduced to the Japanese market in April that year.

What is Bluray?

Blu-Ray is an optical storage format developed by Sony and Philips. Blu-Ray was created to store large amounts of high definition video and sound. Blu-Ray gets its name from the type of laser it uses to read and write data from and to the disc, the color of the laser is a hue of blue-violet. Due to the extreme density of these optical discs the data needs to be smaller to fit onto the disc, a blue-violet laser has a shorter wavelength than the normal red lasers. Blu-Ray technology is so-named because of its use of blue laser technology in storing and reading data. Being on the shorter wavelength end of the light spectrum than the red laser used for DVD and CD technologies (405 nanometer for Blu-Ray versus 650 nanometer and 780 nanometer for DVD and CD technology), blue laser is capable of storing a much larger amount of data using the same space because of a much smaller "spot size" requirement. Blu-Ray's 405nm wavelength blue-violet laser uses an 0.85nm pickup aperture.

Bluray Movies - Your options for hollywood films, movies and video in the modern era: NETFLIX

Content delivery for the home consumer has gone from video rentals from stores to getting videos delivered by mail to internet delivery. Yes, it is now possible to get your videos delivered over the internet right to your net-ready HDTV, computer, Bluray player, PS3, XBOX or other net-ready device. You need to have broadband internet service and you need to signup for NETFLIX or other equivalent service.

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    BLURAY Player rear panel hookup connections

    The rear panel of the Bluray player is where you connect the cables to allow the player to send video and audio from the disc to a TV or A/V receiver and to communicate with internet based content providers.

    From left to right, is the Ethernet connection (LAN) which allows you to connect the Bluray player directly to the internet using your broadband service for access to firmware updates, movies, videos and more.

    Located just below the Ethernet port is the USB host port.

    Moving to the right is the HDMI connection. HDMI allows you to access the full 1080p video resolution and both bitstream and uncompressed PCM audio from Blu-ray Discs. In addition 720p, 1080i, 1080p upscaled images from standard commercial DVD can also be accessed via this connection. HDMI can carry video and audio all in one cable.

    Next, to the right of the HDMI connection is the Digital Optical audio connection. If you have a home theater receiver that does not have the ability to transfer digital audio via the HDMI connection, this is the next preferable connection to use in order access audio from the player. The downside to using this connection is that you will only be able to access standard Dolby Digital, DTS, and Two-Channel PCM audio. You will not have access to Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, or Multi-channel PCM audio.

    On the right, along the top row is the Component Video output. This output consists of Green, Blue, and Red RCA connectors. These connectors plug into the same type of connectors on a TV, Video Projector, or A/V receiver. If you don't have an HDMI connection on your TV, this would be the next best option. However, you will not be able to access 1080p upscaling for standard DVDs using this connection. Component video requires the white and red audio RCA connections also.

    Just below the Component Video connections are the analog audio/video connections. First is a set of analog 2-channel stereo output connections. The yellow connection is the Composite analog video output. If you have an HDTV, the composite video connection is not required, or advisable, as it cannot pass progressive scan, upscaled, or high definition video.

    In addition to cable connections, there are a number of user selectable settings which control video and audio.
    To setup the player, you usually press a button on the remote control which shows an on-screen menu. Choices typically include System Setup, Audio Setup, Display Setup, HDMI Setup, Network Setup, Parental Setup. Under these categories are usually several layers of selections which allow you to tailor the player to your components and configuration.


    Audio Setup - Digital Output.
    This tells the player how you want to configure the Blu-ray audio output.
    You may have several choices: PCM, Bitstream (Re-encode), and Bitstream (Audiophile).
    If you select PCM, the player will do all the surround sound and digital audio decoding of Blu-ray audio tracks and convert them into Uncompressed PCM tracks.

    If you select Bitstream Re-encode, the player will decode all the audio tracks to PCM and then re-encode the tracks to DTS in bitstream form. The advantage here is that if you have an older receiver that does not have HDMI audio input capability, you can access all of the Blu-ray sound tracks via the Digital Optical connection in DTS bitstream form. Your receiver can then decode the DTS bitstream.

    Lastly, if you select Bitstream Audiophile, the Player does not do any decoding of its own, but sends the primary Blu-ray sound track information to a receiver in bitstream form so that the receiver can perform the decoding functions. However, to take full advantage of this, your receiver must be able to decode the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats. Also, another downside is that only the primary soundtrack is accessible. Additional commentary or special feature soundtracks may not be be accessible using this setting. To provide consistent access to all Blu-ray soundtracks that may be present, it may be better to use the other two options. On the other hand, the Audiophile setting provides the best audio quality possible from your Blu-ray discs, if you have a compatible receiver to deocde the information.

    PCM downsampling setting. Depending on your A/V receiver's capabilities, you can set this on the "ON" position, which downscales PCM audio to 48Khz, while the "OFF" position sets the PCM audio to 96Khz. Think of this as similar to video scaling, only for audio. Consult your receiver's user manual to find out if it is 96Khz compatible.

    Dynamic Compression. This is actually a simple and very useful control. What this does is make loud passages softer and softer passages louder. This is very useful if you like to listen at lower volume levels.

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