4K UHD Blu-ray recordable format confirmed for Japanese market in time for Tokyo 2020

posted on Wednesday, 20th December 2017 by Steve May

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The Blu-ray Disc Association has announced completion of specifications for a next-generation broadcast recordable Blu-ray Disc format. The UHD recordable media is intended for the Japanese market, where physical media sales continue to be strong.

The development is an evolutionary fit for the the territory. The market for Blu-ray recorders has always eclipsed that of standalone players in Japan. Blu-ray recorders continue to represent almost 75 per cent of the Japanese Blu-ray hardware market.

The format will support off-air recording of UHD broadcast content. Players will be on sale in time for local viewers to archive the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games in 4K resolution.

"With 4K becoming the standard, not only for TVs, but also mobile devices and video cameras, extending recordable Blu-ray to enable Ultra HD content is a logical and very practical extension of format,” said Victor Matsuda, Chair of BDA Global Promotions Committee. “We are also anticipating that Ultra HD broadcasting will start in Japan around the end of 2018. The ability to continually expand to keep up with consumer demand for high quality experiences, remains one of Blu-ray’s greatest strengths and a primary reason for its success and longevity.”

Licensing of the next-generation broadcast recordable Blu-ray format is scheduled to begin by January 2018. The BDA is working closely with industry leaders to develop the tools and processes needed to ensure interoperability between recorders, players and software.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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