4K streaming is leaving Blu-ray in the dirt

Is there a future for 4K on Blu-ray?

The format’s governing body isn’t inspiring confidence: nearly a year after talking up a 4K extension to the Blu-ray standard, and two years after launching a Format Extension Task Force to define a specification, the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has yet to make any formal announcement of a system upgrade for the UHD generation.

At IFA 2013, I spoke to BDA promotions committee VP Marty Gordon about BD 4K. “We think Blu-ray is the perfect format for 4K,” he enthused at the time, but ambitions went even further than that.

“The next step in Blu-ray will be more than just 4K. If you’re going to enhance the format, then¬†really¬†enhance the format. So we’re considering a lot of other things, from dynamic range to bitrate and sound-quality.”

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