New UHD Blu-ray format coming this year

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New UHD Blu-ray format coming this year

Say hello to 4K Blu-ray discs later in 2015.

4K televisions have been on the market - and in more than a few loungerooms - for while now, but actual 4K content is thin on the ground. There's a few Netflix offerings, but nothing at all on free to air, and not even anything on disk.

That's going to change later this year, however, when the just announced Ultra HD Blu-ray format becomes official. The official licensing starts on the 24th of August, meaning we should see a slew of UHD Blu-ray content before Christmas.

The discs come in dual and triple-layer formats, holding 66GB and 100GB of data respectively. Here's the skinny from the official announcement.

"The Ultra HD Blu-ray format will deliver high dynamic range content that significantly expands the range between the brightest and darkest elements and gives the consumer a more life-like viewing experience. Additionally, the format provides expanded colour range, high frame rate (up to 60fps) and up-to 3840x2160 resolution. The Ultra HD Blu-ray format will also deliver next-generation immersive, object-based sound formats. And, with the optional 'digital bridge' feature, the specification enhances the value of content ownership by embracing the notion that a content purchase can enable the consumer to view their content across a wide range of in-home and mobile devices".

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