First Hybrid Blu-ray/DVD Title Announced
One of the major advantages HD DVD had over Blu-ray was undoubtedly the ability to have the DVD and HD DVD copy of a movie in the same box. It seemed like a love/hate thing but the DVD Forum heard positive things, with retailers urging studios to continue produces the combo discs as they were a apparent success with consumers. Around the end of the format war hybrid DVD/HD DVD discs were demoed with the ability to have the DVD and HD DVD content on the same side, today that technology hits Blu-ray!
Originally prototyped by JVC roughly two years ago, the disc will have a 25GB BD layer along with a dual layer DVD directly above it. The two layers will be separated by a thin semi reflective layer that reflects blue light only allowing red light to enter. The discs will be produced by Kyodo Television Co., Ltd. and Infiniti storage media Ltd. with the first batch of titles being published by Pony/Canon.
To meet size requirements, the discs will use a variation of the AVC codec dubbed “Intelligent HD encoder”, the codec compresses 1080p bitrates down to 12-24Mbps allowing a full 2 hour movie to fit onto a 25GB disc.
The discs are currently set for a Japanese only release with no word of a US release date, the hopes of the disc’s are to further increase Blu-ray adoption. We figure with the first batch of titles costing close to $406USD for a 4 pack boxset, you might have a tough time.
[Via CDR Info]