As a former political news reporter days like these approaching election season reminds me of the reason I got into the media world in the first place.
âSeptember 10, 1989 I have a distinct memory of being 5 years old and watching the news preparing to evacuate when Hurricane Hugo made landfall near my hometown.
I have very distinct memories of TV news events as a child. An 80s baby growing up in the 90s, my first real I was 12 and under. Operation Desert Storm, OJ Simpson's White Bronco Chase and what happened at that compound in Waco. The World Trade Center and Oklahoma City Bombings.
While I could go on YouTube and track down clips, the one news event I can actually watch in full, uncut, commercials and all are the Anita Hill proceedings. My late Mother, along with mothers, around the US recorded this historic moment on VHS.
The same is with the TV show Belle and Sebastian. There are clips on YouTube, but those clips come from somewhere. The same with old school commercials.
"The shift from discs to online streaming can be seen in Digital Entertainment Group's year-end report, which found that US consumers spent nearly $6 billion more on subscription services like Netflix and HBO Go last year than they did on DVD and Blu-ray," writes Zoe Bernard forBusiness Insider.
Is It RIP for the DVD?
âWhen it comes to the physical media people are using, the same process seems to have occurred. DVD is considered obsolete by a lot of people, with Blu-Ray taking the throne in the content delivery world.
What Makes Blu-Ray Superior?
It's all about the lasers. Blu-Ray is surprisingly aptly named. It all comes down to the color of the laser used to create it. DVDs have always used a red laser to read the content on the disc as it spins, with this sort of light being much easier to produce than other colors in the spectrum. Blu-Ray, though, has gone down a slightly different path, with Sony opting use blue lasers to create this technology. While this doesnât seem like much of a difference, it can have a huge impact on the amount of data stored on the small discs you use to watch movies and TV.
Wavelength Is Key
If you remember much from your high school science classes, youâll probably have an idea of how different types of light have different wavelengths. Blue light is much shorter than red, enabling the makers of BluRay discs to use much smaller Pits and Lands to store the data which makes the content youâre watching. While a change in color might seem small, it can have a huge difference when it comes to file sizes, and this could open the doors to even greater developments in the future.
ââDown To The Data
4K content is huge when compared to the file sizes of normal HD equivalents. In fact, in some cases, it is estimated that movies in this format could be well over 10 times the size of their older counterparts. This makes it very important to have a disc which can store much more data than a DVD which will already struggle with HD content, and is something which a lot of content producers have welcomed in recent years.
Do You Need BluRay?
A lot of people think that BluRay is the only way to make full use of their 4K television. Normal broadcasters wonât be using this standard anytime soon, and even streaming websites are hesitant to make the move. With the help of a video background website, you can start finding basic content which will use your TV, and movies can also often be downloaded and placed on another form of media to be watched on your UHD TV.
If you donât own a 4K TV and donât plan to buy one, though, you wonât get much from the latest standards in the BluRay technology.
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