As the saying go, when it rains (and it actually rains a lot here today) it pours. After the Onkyo announcement of DTS:X receivers this morning, the Blu-ray Disc Association announced today that the specifications for the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format are now final and they also released the new logo at the same time.
Almost everything was already announced at CES or since then, but just to reiterate :
- The format will support resolutions up to 3840×2160.
- HDR and high frame rate content will be part of the specification.
- Object based audio in supported.
- A digital bridge feature (optional) will let content by also consumable on mobile and other devices in the home.
- The discs will be able to contain 66 GB (dual layers) or 100 GB (triple layers).
- The players will be compatible with traditional Blu-ray discs.
Licensing of the format for players and content will start this summer so we can still hope to see the first players for the end of the year or early 2016. I am really eager to see that come to fruition and really test the 4K displays.