“According to annual figures released in January by industry trade group the Digital Entertainment Group (DEC), overall home entertainment revenue grew 0.2% in 2012, surpassing $18 billion,” Dennis Sellers reports for Apple Daily Report. “And while DVD sales are way down, Blu-ray is doing well. Strategy Analytics says the global Blu-ray Disc Player market grew 19% in 2012 as consumers continue to migrate from DVD to Blu-ray. The increasing availability of high definition TVs and video content and the lack of sufficient Internet bandwidth in some regions are driving the growth of Blu-ray players, says the research group.”
“For cinephiles like myself, the best of all worlds is in a ‘combo pack,’ a Blu-ray disc that also has (ideally) DVD, iTunes and UltraViolet versions,” Sellers reports. “I guess it’s possible that Apple could put software “hooks” into Mac OS X Mavericks that will allow you to play Blu-ray discs on your Mac with third-party hardware. Alas, those chances are about a million to one.”
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MacDailyNews Take: 4K Ultra HD (UHD) television plus High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), aka h.265, delivered via cable, satellite, and/or high-speed internet (20+ Mbits/sec) is where the future lies, not conventional Blu-ray Disc on current HDTVs.
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