4K Blu Ray Coming To OZ late In 2015
According to Victor Matsuda, chairperson of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) the 4K Blu-ray spec is due to be completed with licenses issued in mid to late 2015
Matsuda said that the technical framework for the next-generation Blu-ray format has been set, with internal discussions continuing to solve outstanding issues.
The first 4K Blu-ray decks will include an extended color gamut with 10-bit channel depth rather than 8-bit, and will support high dynamic range.
The planned 66GB capacity disc will support a 108Mbps transfer rate, while the 100GB disc will handle 128Mbps. Each will support all frame rates 60p and below, and include HEVC/H.265 decoding and HDMI 2.0.
Masuda expects Hollywood studios to produce 4K Blu-ray versions of their films in time to match the first availability of hardware, but there’s some question about whether the studios kept the actual 4K masters of films previously shot in digital. According to a source, the high cost of storage forced the studios to down-convert their 4K masters and will now have to re-upscale these masters back to 4K.
How much these 4K Blu-ray decks will cost is anyone’s guess at the moment.