DVD and Blu-Ray Disc media have always been a farce and a bad deal for consumers. In fact, I’m pretty sure the people who brought out and marketed DVD and Blu-Ray knew that the technology and media were already dead before being launched.
I remember when the first CD came to market, I was 11 years old. I had a chance to play around with the technology but learnt a few things about the CD very quickly and realised just how redundant they would become very fast. Back then CD’s needed to be put into a caddy, so it kind of appeared to be more like a disk drive with the CD inside the caddy. Changing discs was a pain.
In a small space of time, the caddy was no longer required and the standard 600mb CD became the 650mb CD, then 700mb and 800mb if your CD drive supported the 800mb disc format.
Then came DVD and the bullshit started with telling the public that video quality on DVD was GREAT! In fact, all along they were selling the public a larger capacity disc that could store better quality. No one wanted to tell you that you’d get better than DVD quality all by watching from a Hard Drive.
4.7GB discs to start with and then the dual layer DVD storing 8.5GB, once again the ability to store a better quality version of a movie but the hard drive still beat the DVD. I remember selling DVD drives in the heyday of DVD for about $42 a DVD drive.
I laughed when they brought out Blu-Ray because this was a time when 2TB, 4TB and 6TB drives were cheap as chips, USB memory sticks can be obtained for a few bucks and were larger than a Blu-Ray in terms of storage. Ultimately meaning that a USB memory stick or Hard Drive could store a better video quality than the now redundant Blu-Ray disc.
The next technology tipped to destroy the hopes and dreams of Blu-Ray is streaming, and while streaming is not everything. Hell at least streaming cannot be scratched, lost, broken in half or become unusable as the disc ages over the following years.
The issue you face as a consumer is that you are now stuck BUYING each Blu-Ray movie you wish to watch. If you are like me, I watch something once and move on, I do not watch a movie 20 times to get value out of it, and NO I will not pay approx $25 for the privilege of watching a movie once when I can stream it for $3.99.
A lot of confusion remains around where Blu-Ray gets it’s supposed HD quality increase. I have seen many tasks with people requesting for a DVD to be ripped and moved to Blu-Ray so they can watch the movie in Blu-Ray specification. This simply does not work and will never work.
If your video is at 1024×768 resolution and when ripped is 4.7GB (a typical DVD) when you move this to Blu-Ray you have moved the same average quality video to a 25GB disc. All that is going to happen is a lot of spare space on the Blu-ray disc and the same quality video.
Blu-Ray does have an upscale feature, but this does not give you better quality video, it simply duplicates the pixels wider and higher to make you think you are getting better quality. In fact, it a farce like I referred to at the beginning of the article.
Upscaling is a process that mathematically matches the pixel count of the output of the DVD signal to the physical pixel count on an HDTV
If you are looking for a Blu-Ray video experience, download a 4K video or movie and put it on a USB Memory stick on play straight from your Hard drive. Stop wasting money, time and effort with Blu-Ray it’s dead and redundant.