Blu-ray and Blu-ray Players Guide

All About Blu-ray, Blu-ray Players and Blu-ray Discs

Ever since the introduction of DVD in 1997, engineers and manufacturers were already working on its eventual replacement, which resulted in two incompatible formats: Blu-ray and HD-DVD. After an intense marketing battle, HD-DVD was officially discontinued. As a result, Blu-ray has solidified its presence in the consumer landscape, and Blu-ray players have morphed into a multi-faceted entertainment device. Check out the following Blu-ray and Blu-ray Player guide, which includes everything you need to know, including some possible purchasing suggestions.

NOTE: Information on HD-DVD, and its comparison to Blu-ray, is still contained in portions of the following articles for historical purposes. Also, there are still many HD-DVD player owners, and HD-DVD players and discs are still sold and traded on the secondary market.

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Video: What is Blu-ray?

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Official Blu-ray Disc Logo. Blu-ray Disc Association
Before you plow through all the articles this page, check out a short video introduction on Blu-ray.
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Blu-ray and Blu-ray Player FAQs

Although DVD still ranks as the most successful home entertainment product in history, it lacks one characteristic: True High Definition playback. Blu-ray was introduced to overcome that deficiency, and although DVD is still with us, and will be for some time, Blu-ray has made its mark in home entertainment landscape in more ways than one. For answers to some basic questions about Blu-ray and how it may fit into your entertainment setup, check out my Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc Player FAQs.

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Before You Buy a Blu-ray Player

You know that you want to buy a Blu-ray Disc player, but how do you know what you are looking for in one? Check out some useful tips on what to look for when buying a Blu-ray Disc player.
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Video: What to Look For When Buying a Blu-ray Disc Player

Check out a video version of the what you need to know before you buy a Blu-ray Disc Player.
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Best Blu-ray Players

Blu-ray Players are now more affordable and plentiful than ever. For a look at my current suggestions for Blu-ray disc players check my suggestions for the best blu-ray disc players for your home theater setup.
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Configuring Blu-ray Player Video and Audio Outputs With Your Home Theater

Configuring Blu-ray Disc Player Video and Audio Outputs With Your Home Theater. What happens when you turn your Blu-ray disc player on for the first time?
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Blu-ray Disc Player Audio Settings - Bitstream vs PCM

How do you know if you are getting Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio from your Blu-ray Disc player? The answer depends on how you configure your Blu-ray disc player's audio settings and what connections you use between the player and your home theater receiver.
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Five Ways To Access Audio From a Blu-ray Player

Blu-ray is definitely catching on as an integral part of the home entertainment experience. For those that have an HDTV, Blu-ray is easy add on the video connection front, but getting the most out of Blu-ray's audio capabilities can sometimes be a little confusing. To find out the different options for connecting the audio output of a Blu-ray Disc player to your TV or the rest of your home theater setup, check out: Five Ways To Access Audio From a Blu-ray Disc Player

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Video: Set Up a 5.1 Channel Home Theater System Featuring a Blu-ray Disc Player

Although most of this video discusses how to set-up a 5.1 channel receiver and speaker system - connecting a Blu-ray disc player to the system is also included.
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Blu-ray Discs That Give Your TV and Home Theater System a Workout

Blu-ray is an integral part of the home entertainment experience. The best part of Blu-ray are the movies we get to watch in full high definition, and, in some cases, 3D. As part of my job, I use a lot of Blu-ray Discs to test the audio and video performance of Blu-ray Disc Players, TV, video projectors, and Home Theater Receivers. However, not all Blu-ray discs really show off how well your system can perform. Check out a list of my current favorites for Best Blu-ray Disc Movies For Home Theater Viewing.

Also, tell us what your own favorite Blu-ray Disc Movies are.

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3D Blu-ray Discs That Provide a Great 3D Viewing Experience

Blu-ray is an integral part of the home entertainment experience, and 3D movies on Blu-ray providing an additional viewing option for consumers. As part of my job, I use 3D Blu-ray Discs to test the 3D video performance of Blu-ray Disc Players, TV, video projectors, and Home Theater Receivers. However, not all 3D Blu-ray discs offer the best experience. Check out a list of my current favorites for Best 3D Blu-ray Discs.

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What You Need To Know About The Blu-Ray and HD-DVD High Definition Formats

Here is the starting point to find out what Blu-ray and HD-DVD are all about, including the basic specifications for both formats, how they are different from DVD and each other, and a detailed explanation of Blu-ray disc format profiles.

NOTE: HD-DVD has been discontinued but information on the format is provided for those that own HD-DVD players and for historical purposes.
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Blu-ray and HD-DVD Combined FAQs

Although standard DVD is the most successful home entertainment product in history, ever since it was introduced in 1997, it lacks True High Definition playback and recording capability. As a result, two competing camps came up with a solution: Blu-ray and HD-DVD.

NOTE: HD-DVD has been discontinued but information on the format is provided for those that own HD-DVD players and for historical purposes.

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