That was not a misreading, they said they were ready with their production line for 4K with three layer blu ray using 100GB discs, i doubt Singulus would announce this unless the next generation blu ray extension was almost ready.
No. Reading the original press release, Singulus says that the 100GB discs are "ideal for," "suitable" for, and "in time for" 4K content, but not that the discs are part of any 4K standard. Their press release even states that the BDA has not yet established a new standard.As stated before, 100GB discs are already part of the Blu-ray XL standard, announced in 2010. That's all Singulus has done: made replication of these discs possible. They added the term 4K to jazz up their press release, and everyone took it and ran with it into rampant speculation.
Just Google 4K and blu ray extension and the info is out there....
I've already googled for info, and the info I find is not what you've found, at least in terms of verifiable info. In fact, searching explicitly those terms you provided together gives nothing but a vague statement back in April by the BDA that they were stadying "a range of possible format extensions." Nothing more recent was found.http://www.cnet.com....r-339344088.htm
new players will be backwards compatible with existing blu ray discs...
This pretty much goes without saying. I mean, existing Blu-ray players are backwards compatible with DVD and CD. It would be foolish for anyone to release a new optical player for a new format that was not also backwards compatible with existing formats.Also, whether or not a new format is being planned is one thing. Whether it will contain the Blu-ray branding in some way is another. And whether it's considered a new format or an extension of an existing format is a matter of opinion. In my
opinion, once a disc requires a completely new player to play at all, it's a new format, regardless of branding.Finally, in regards to my original response that sparked this tangent, I was responding to Brian Dobbs on the assumption that he was speaking about currently available technology, i.e. getting a disc now that would work on his current players that could store UHD on one disc. That's not going to happen. UHD on disc will require a new standard with more storage than Blu-ray, likely a different codec than Blu-ray, and support for higher resolutions than Blu-ray. Whether or not this new standard includes the word "Blu-ray" in it, it will be nearly as different from existing Blu-rays as HD DVD was from DVDs, excepting the color of the laser.