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Cyberlink launches world’s first BDXL-certified playback software

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Cyberlink has announced that its PowerDVD software has become the first Blu-ray player software for PCs to be certified by the Blu-ray Disc Association for BDXL support.

In addition to PowerDVD, CyberLink’s long-term focus on providing support for Blu-ray Disc will see products including PowerDirector, PowerProducer, and MediaShow also introduce BDXL format compatibility in the near future.

BDXL, the multi-layer recordable Blu-ray format with up to 128Gb capacity, was first announced in June this year. It was designed to allow users to record and store large amounts of HD content.

For more information, visit Cyberlink’s website here.

Blu-ray Group Germany announces new chairman

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Kai Uwe MarnerKai Uwe Marner has become the new chairman of the Blu-ray Group Germany, taking over from Thilo Röhrig. Röhrig, who held the role of chairman since the group’s formation in 2007, oversaw Blu-ray Disc’s success over the competing format HD DVD.

“Blu-ray has gained real fans in the home cinema sector and has become well known in general. But a lot of people still do not know about all advantages of the technology”, says Marner. “Education and information remain the central tasks of the Blu-ray Group Germany.” With home entertainment in 3D and growing professional usage of the format using BDXL, further challenges are waiting. “The standard’s constant development opens up quite new perspectives – on the market and regarding consumer education. I am looking forward to the upcoming tasks as chairman, because the technology’s potential has still not been exhausted.”

Marner answers more questions about the current market development below.

What are the current sales figures of BD software and hardware?
The consumer can now choose between over 2,000 different Blu-ray titles in Germany. In the first half of the year about five million BDs were sold in Germany (source: GfK) and at the end of 2010 we are expecting overall BD sales to hit an eight-figure number. The hardware market is developing equally well. We are expecting an increase in sales of 170 percent this year.

3D is the main topic at IFA 2010. Does 3D home entertainment have the potential to strengthen the Blu-ray market or is it just a temporary trend?  
3D home entertainment is directly connected to the Blu-ray technology. At the moment only Blu-ray Disc offers enough space to deliver 3D content in HD quality to the consumers’ living rooms. It is a revolutionary extension of the technology.

The first sales figures and surveys show a very high consumer interest. Since March already 40,000 3D TVs were sold (source: BITKOM) in Germany and we expect a six-digit sale by the end of the year. According to an up to date survey by BITKOM, a further 16 million German customers are planning to buy a 3D TV.

Prices for Blu-ray 3D players are already affordable, starting at a point less than 250 Euros. Furthermore the players are downwardly compatible, so they also playback CDs, DVDs or 2D Blu-ray Discs. Blu-ray 3D Discs also often contain a 2D version of the film and can be read by a 2D Blu-ray player too. That is why we are convinced that the 3D technology will become a long-term trend.

Which problems do you see for the Blu-ray 3D market at the moment?
The assortment of devices and content is still low, but that’s normal for any newly introduced technology. With the customers’ increasing demand the diversity will rise automatically. We are expecting a dozen 3D movies on BD in Germany by the end of the year.

Don’t you think the customers are maybe overstrained by this new innovation in the home entertainment sector?
No, I don’t think so. The success of 3D theatrical experience has helped to increase the awareness of 3D home entertainment. According to BITKOM almost one of three Germans is interested in three-dimensional movie experiences at home. Of course it is an important task of the Blu-ray Group Germany now to educate and inform the consumers about the advantages and specifics of the technology.

Blu-ray Disc Association Approves Final BDXL Format Specifications

The Blu-ray Disc Association today announced the release and specifications for BDXL, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc format with a capacity of up to 128Gb.

Here’s the full press release:

Blu-ray Disc Association Approves Final BDXL™ Format Specifications

Licensing Information and Applications Now Available

June 25, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA.  The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced the finalization and release of the specifications for BDXL™, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc™ format with up to 128GB of capacity.  With the completion and approval of the specification, manufacturers can now obtain licensing information and license applications needed to begin production of the high capacity write-once and rewritable discs and hardware (http://www.blu-raydisc.info/).

Targeted primarily at commercial segments such as broadcasting, medical and document imaging enterprises with significant archiving needs, BDXL™ provides customers with triple layer 100GB RE (rewritable) and R (write-once) discs and quadruple layer 128GB R discs.  Possible consumer applications include capture and playback of HD broadcast and satellite programming in markets where set-top recorders are prevalent.

“The BDA worked diligently to create an extension of the Blu-ray Disc™ format that leverages the physical structure of the design of the disc to create even more storage capacity, said Victor Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc™ Association Global Promotions Committee chair.  “By using the existing Blu-ray technologies, we have created a long-term and stable solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images.  We expect further growth of the Blu-ray Disc market as the introduction of 100GB/128GB discs will expand the application of Blu-ray Disc™ technologies.”

The BDXL™ specification was developed with specific market segments in mind, and newly-designed hardware addressing such markets will play back or record BDXL™ media.  However, because the new media specifications are extensions of current Blu-ray Disc technologies, future BDXL™ capable recorders can easily be designed to play back existing 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray Disc™ formats.


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