Blue-Ray Disc Assocation Forms, 20th Century Fox Joins
Tokyo, Japan— High-definition recording has taken a step on the road to fruition, though its adoption of a dominant disc format is still in question. In a press conference preceding the CEATEC electronics show in Japan, members backing the Blu-ray disc format of high-definition DVD recording announced the formation of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) and welcomed its first member from the content industry, 20th Century Fox.
Blu-ray is a DVD-based format that was introduced in 2002. It can hold up to 25GB of high-definition content on a single-layer disc, with the promise of expandability to larger capacities (50GB, dual-layer discs are planned). It has garnered the support of many of the large consumer electronics companies, including Dell, Hitachi, HP, JVC, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Thomson, as well as most of the major blank media vendors.
Its primary competitor is HD-DVD (also known as Blue-laser) a format that offers 20GB capacity on single-layer discs and 32GB on dual-layer discs. Currently, Toshiba and NEC are the only companies developing this format, but the DVD Forum has made announcements supporting HD-DVD.