Blu-ray Ultra HD is imminent

old-school-tvThe Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) said it will start licensing the Ultra HD Blu-ray format towards the end of the month.

And that means vendors will have products to sell from September onwards, the BDA said.

In the USA, Ultra HD TV households stood at 11.7 million last year but are expected to hit 95.6 million units in 2019.

The reason for the rapid growth in Ultra HD sets is that they’re becoming affordable. Paul Erickson, a senior analyst at IHS Technology said that one of the benefits of the new format is it gives an immediate way to watch Ultra HD content “that completely bypasses service provider and bandwidth based variables”.

Ultra HD Blu-ray will support a better colour range, a frame rate of up to 60FPS and resolution of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels.

The new Blu-ray format is backwards compatible with the old format, so you won’t have to throw all your CDs and DVDs in the rubbish bin.