DVDs and Blu-ray discs, so easy to use, a caveman can use them!

By: ~Hotter then da sun~

Intro

        Have you ever heard of Blu-Ray discs?  If you have, you probably heard of them from a commercial for a movie.  They say something like: the best movie ever!  Coming to DVD and Blu-ray June 1st.  Have you ever wondered what Blu-ray is?  Well if you read my report, then you will know all about DVDs and Blu-ray.  I hope you enjoy it!

What in the world are DVDs and Blu-Ray discs?

         Have you ever wondered what DVD stands for?  DVD stands for digital videodisc.  That means that you can put a movie or a audio track onto it and with the right hardware, you can play that movie or that audio track.  Pretty cool, huh.

       So, what is up with the spelling of Blu-ray Blu-ray.com says that the spelling of Blu-ray is not a mistake; the letter "e" was left out so the term could be registered as a trademark.  Apparently, a commonly used word can't be trademarked.  I really never knew why it was spelled that way until I looked at that website.  Blu-ray looks really cool though, sort of like a mix between Blue and ray. 

       Talking about the name Blu-ray, do you know how it got the name Blu-ray?    Well, according to wikipedia.com, the name Blu-ray Disc came from the blue-violet laser used to read and write this type of disc.  This laser is the reason that Blu-ray discs are high definition.  Technically, Blu-ray discs are like DVDŐs except for they are much nicer.  

       Well, now that you know a little bit about what Blu-ray is, why donŐt we talk about who uses Blu-ray discs.  According to WashingtonPost.com, Play station 3 uses a type of Blu-ray disc.  So if you have a play station 3, you might have a ton of Blu-ray discs that you donŐt even know about!      

       This paragraph is about the difference between the lasers DVDs and Blu-ray discs use.  According to wikipedia.com, Blu-ray Discs use a blue (technically violet) laser operating at a wavelength of 405 nm to read and write data.  Conventional DVDs and CDs use red, (near infrared) lasers at 650nm and 780 nm respectively.  So apparently, violet lasers are more high definition than infrared lasers.  I think thatŐs a really cool fact. J

History of the DVD and Blu-ray disc

       This paragraph is about who won the war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray.  According to John P. Falcone and Matthew Moskovciak, HD-DVD is closing and they will not be making any more HD-DVD products.  So that means that Blu-ray won the fight!  I am very happy for Blu-ray because DVD already sells a ton without HD-DVD.  So they should be totally fine.

 

Conclusion

        I hope you learned a little bit about DVD and Blu-ray.  Thanks for reading! J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

 

Bibliography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD

Wikipedia.org

DVD

April 28, 2008

a long article about DVD.  It doesnŐt have ANY advertisements at all.  It also has a couple of pictures of DVDs and the DVD logo.  It talks about some of the different types of DVDs.  It has lots of interesting and useful facts in it.

 

Bibliography

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/19/AR2008021900015_2.html

Washingtonpost.com

HD DVD vs. Blu-ray Disc: A History

April 29, 2008

A shorter article that compares DVD with Blu-ray discs.  It has like three advertisements.  It gives you a lot of dates and tells you what happened on those days.

 

Bibliography

http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9932311-7.html?tag=nefd.top

Erica Ogg

Blu-ray player sales down despite end of format war

April 30, 2008

There aren't many advertisements on this web page.  It is very short, and it's about how much DVD and Blu-ray has sold and who is winning their "fight"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

http://www.videohelp.com/dvd

www.videohelp.com

What is DVD?

May 1, 2008

It is a long article about what DVD is.  It tells you about DVD, DVD+R. HD DVD, DVD-R, and a lot of others.

 

 

Bibliography

www.wikianswers.com

www.wikianswers.com

(your question)

May 1, 2008

A search engine where you can type in your question and wikianswers will answer it.

 

 

 

Bibliography

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-13817_7-6462511-1.html

John P. Falcone and Matthew Moskovclak

HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

May 2, 2008

Only has two advertisements a really good article about HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray.  It's really short.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

http://www.blu-ray.com/faq/#bluray_name

blu-ray.com

Blu-ray FAQ

5/6/2008

A good website that has pretty much all there is to know about blu-ray discs!

 

 

 

Bibliography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu_ray

wikipedia.com

Blu-ray Disc

May 8, 2008

A whole encyclopedia article about Blu-ray.

 

 

 

Bibliography

http://news.digitaltrends.com/talk-back/234/how-blu-ray-won-the-fight-and-why-it-probably-won-t-matter

Rob Enderle

How Blu-Ray Won the Fight and Why It Probably Won't Matter

May 22, 2008