Top 10 Reasons to Buy Blu-ray
Are you leaning Blu-ray or HD DVD in this brewing format war? These ten points make the case that Blu-ray is best.
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December 05, 2007 by Chuck McKenney

Blu-ray vs HD DVD remains one of the hottest topics in the world of consumer electronics. With both sides vying for the top spot, it’s become clear neither will quit until their format is deemed King of High-Def.  This can be overwhelming to the average consumer. No one wants to invest in the format doomed for extinction. We reached out to the Blu-ray Disc Association and asked for ten reasons why Blu-ray is best. (In case you missed it, we did the same thing with HD DVD - “Top 10 Reasons to Buy HD DVD”.)

1. Today’s best movies - With support from the 6 of the 8 major Hollywood studios, the biggest hits are on Blu-ray.  Through October 2007, 19 of the year’s 20 best selling high definition movie titles are available on Blu-ray Disc - the majority of them available in high definition only on Blu-ray Disc.  Titles such as 300, the Harry Potter Series, the Matrix Trilogy are just some of the titles currently available or coming soon to Blu-ray Disc.  And, titles such as the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the Spiderman Trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars and Ratatouille are available in high definition only on Blu-ray Disc.

2. The broadest range in player options - The biggest names in consumer electronics, particularly in DVD and HDTV - Hitachi, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp and Sony - all support Blu-ray Disc, giving consumers a range of hardware choices from their favorite brands.  HP, Acer, Sony VAIO, Panasonic, Philips and Pioneer offer consumers an array of desktop, notebook and computer drive choices.

3. Every Blu-ray Disc player delivers full 1080p picture quality, the benchmark for high definition.

4. Blu-ray delivers the best possible picture quality of any high definition source.  Because of its superior storage capacity (50GB - 6 times more than dual-layer DVD), Blu-ray Disc can use higher bit rates, which allows pristine video, uncompromised audio quality, and compelling interactive features.

5. It sounds as spectacular as it looks.  With support for the latest audio codecs, including Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD Master Audio and uncompressed linear PCM, Blu-ray can deliver true lossless audio so you hear every sound with crystal clarity.

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