Acer joins Blu-ray Disc Association

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced today that Acer Inc. will become the newest member of the BDA, joining more than 170 of the world’s leading consumer electronic, computer companies and content providers. Acer is one of the three largest personal-computer brands in the world and the number one notebook brand in Europe.

“We’re delighted to welcome Acer to the Blu-ray Disc Association,” said Victor Matsuda, chairman of the BDA’s Global Promotions Committee, in the press release. “The addition of Acer provides one more sign of the growing momentum behind Blu-ray Disc and, more importantly, is a significant advantage for consumers, as it further expands the already broad options available to consumers in the personal computer space.”

According to data compiled by Home Media Research and GFK Research, respectively, through the first half of 2007, Blu-ray Disc movie titles have accounted for 66% of the high definition movie sales in the US and 60% of high definition movie sales in Europe.

“With increasing demand and expectation for richer media content, Acer is adding Blu-ray Disc technology into our notebooks and enabling users to experience high-definition content, playback and storage,” said Campbell Kan, Vice President, Mobile Computing Business Unit, Acer Inc., in the press release. “Acer is pleased to be joining the Blu-ray Disc Association and to continue empowering our users to benefit from the freshest technologies available.”

“We are very pleased with the reception Blu-ray Disc has received by consumers thus far in 2007,” Matsuda said. “From the onset, offering consumers a wide variety of quality hardware and content has been a focus for Blu-ray. We are extremely pleased to add Acer’s line up to the range of products available to consumers.”

Blu-ray Disc is the next-generation optical disc format being developed for high-definition video and high-capacity software applications. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc will hold up to 25 gigabytes of data and a double-layer Blu-ray Disc will hold up to 50 gigabytes of data.

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) is responsible for promoting and further developing business opportunities for Blu-ray Disc – the next-generation optical disc for storing high-definition movies, games, photos and other digital content. The BDA has more than 180 members. Its Board of Directors consists of Apple; Dell Inc.; HP; Hitachi, Ltd.; LG Electronics Inc.; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Panasonic (Matsushita Electric); Pioneer Corporation; Royal Philips Electronics; Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; Sharp Corporation; Sony Corporation; Sun Microsystems, Inc.; TDK Corporation; Thomson; Twentieth Century Fox; Walt Disney Pictures and Television; Warner Bros. Entertainment.


  1. Let’s hope Intel switch to Blu-ray and then that really will leave Microsoft out to dry…

    Every single bet that Microsoft has taken in the last 10 years has been the wrong one. Anyone else noticed it?

  2. “Every single bet that Microsoft has taken in the last 10 years has been the wrong one. Anyone else noticed it?”

    Yaah. They’re kind of like George in that episode of Seinfeld. Maybe they should just do the opposite of whatever they’d normally do and they’d actually start doing something right.

    Shhhhh . . . don’t tell them.

  3. I’m so supremely uninterested in this battle. Someone catch me up… is one format morally superior to the other? Better for macs? Sorry – I’m behind and am unsure how we chose the video format that is good and the one that is evil. Catch me up?

  4. Grok — Blu-ray has a great sci-fi sound, so is good. HD sounds deeply last year so is, if not bad, then dull and uninteresting.

    Clear? Well that’s my take anyway!

    Actually, Blu-ray seems to be the better format for lots of reasons and if the dread MS backs the other side, so us Macusers have reasons to smile…

  5. Grok- Blue-Ray is superior in technology than HD-DVD. Blue-Ray uses standardized elements such as H.264 rather than the proprietary elements Microsoft has forced into HD-DVD. Plus Blue-Ray has almost double the capacity of HD-DVD.

    Personally I’m sick of the whole battle myself. Unfortunately, Microsoft refuses to give up the whole “tie the technology to itself” game. This link goes to the RD article that business week was referencing:

    Microsoft’s HD War

  6. This issue is not up for discussion, Blu-Ray is by far the best standard going forward.

    If you watch movies, play games or store data (backup) you should care since Blu-Ray delivers true 1080p resolution and twice the storage capacity.

    What I would like to know is why Apple is behind Dell and others offering Blu-Ray drives. Bad Apple, bad, bad Apple.

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