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Will There Be 4K Blu-ray Discs?
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Washington, D.C. (September 13, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to swann@tvpredictions.com

Q. I truly believe that the best picture comes from a Blu-ray disc. Will there be Blu-ray discs for 4K TV? -- Edward, Houston, Texas.

Edward, you are right. There is no better picture in the world than a Blu-ray high-def disc, in my humble opinion.

As for 4K Blu-ray discs, that's an interesting question which I actually posed to a Sony representative at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. At that time, the rep said 4K movies eventually could be offered on Blu-ray discs, but the discs would have to offer significantly more storage capacity than today's discs because a 4K movie requires more room. (As most of you may know, 4K offers four times the resolution of today's 1080p picture.)

Well, guess what? Singulus Technologies has just announced that it has developed a machine that can produce Blu-ray discs with a storage capacity of 100 GB, which is about twice the amount of current discs.

"Just in time for the market introduction of the new ultra-high-definition television technology (4K), we completed the development of the production technology for the new triple-layer Blu-ray discs with 100 GB storage capacity," the Singulus press release reads.



So does this mean that the 100GB Blu-ray discs will be used for 4K movies?

It's highly likely. Singulus wouldn't go through the trouble of developing these discs unless a market was ready to buy. And the 4K industry, which is struggling to provide content for the new 4K TVs, is the ideal market. (The studios and CE companies have been mum thus far.)

And Singulus certainly thinks it has a match.

"
The positive life cycle of the Blu-ray Disc will continue for some years with the launch of the new ultra-high definition television format," the release says.

Does this mean that the Blu-ray disc, which I have predicted could be phased out in 3-4 years, could live well beyond that period? It will depend, of course, on whether 4K TV is embraced by consumers. If 4K TV is a hit, there will be a strong market for 4K discs. But if consumers ultimately decide the sets are too pricey and/or fail to deliver a picture significantly better than what they now have, then it won't.

However, it is certain that the Blu-ray disc now has a better chance of survival thanks to 4K.


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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com. He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at
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