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introduction of Internet-capable
HDTVs and also Internet-capable
Blu-ray Players with Wi-Fi.
: What you should know about
for connection to TV and Surround Sound
high-definition video and
in addition to playing your standard DVDs. Some Bluray players also
have the capability to stream movies online from providers like Netflix
and in 2010, the next level of entertainment, 3-D was also added. So
see that Bluray players can deliver content in a
variety of ways.
Disc: High-definition video up to 1080p
Blu-ray Disc™ is currently 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 new 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
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.
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.
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.
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 players are generally grouped into three categories, known as
"profiles," that define their capabilities.
Version 1.0 The basic Blu-ray
profile. All Blu-ray players released before November 1, 2007 fit into
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.
(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
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
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 192.168.1.20
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
DNS Server 0.0.0.0
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.
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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
* Dolby TrueHD - lossless encoding of up to 8 channels of audio
* DTS Digital Surround - format used for DVDs, 5.1-channel surround
* DTS-HD High Resolution Audio - extension of DTS, 7.1-channel surround
* DTS-HD Master Audio - lossless encoding of up to 8 channels of audio
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.
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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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.
Netflix has been delivering DVDs to homes using the postal service for
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your Netflix ready device to the Internet via an Ethernet cable (or
Wi-Fi, if you have it.) Then plug it into your TV.
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the blue "Play" button — it means a movie is available to
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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
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
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 -
This tells the player how you want to configure the Blu-ray audio
You may have several choices: PCM, Bitstream (Re-encode), and Bitstream
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
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
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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