Monday, July 17, 2006

More Than Just High Definition

The Santa Clara Consulting Group (SCCG) says that by the year 2010, the market for products based on new blue-laser technologies should exceed $28 billion in worldwide factory sales. Read more Blu-ray technology sales projections here. Blu-ray, also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD), is the name of the next-generation optical disc format. The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and this extra capacity combined with the use of advanced video and audio programming will offer an HD experience like never before seen. The technology is already supported by such companies as Apple, HP, Samsung, Pioneer and others. Seven major movie studios have already announced titles for movies they plan on releasing on discs using Blu-ray technology. "High-definition content will be a central focus for companies in the consumer electronic, gaming, entertainment and PC industries for the next five years. Blue-laser disc technology is a critical component to the development of these markets," said David Bunzel the managing director for SCCG.

For the multi-unit property owner or developer, this again raises the question, "How much bandwidth does my property need?" Blu-ray technology allows residents to record their favorite HD programs onto disk, and still retain the HD quality they love. Technology like this and others play a big role in your decision for service providers. If resident loyalty is what you want, it is now even more critical to make sure that you provide services and channels that residents will crave and that complement the gadgets they own. Stay tuned as the developments for Blu-ray and other technologies for HDTV emerge.

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