Blu-ray Steven Kippel on 26 Feb 2009

Blu-ray licensing fees to drop in price

Blu-ray licensing fees to drop in price

Blu-rayDiscThis is probably the most exciting news you’ve ever heard (right after you got the test back “negative” from the internist). Sony, Philips, Panasonic have announced a unified licensing program for Blu-ray, DVD and CD.

Previously when a device manufacturer was looking to make a Blu-ray player they would have to obtain a license for CompactDisc compatibility, DVD compatibility, and Blu-ray Disc compatibility (and to use each logo). With this plan, manufacturers will only need to acquire one license for all three.

What does this mean for you? Not much. But this should speed up the development process for Blu-ray players, and reduce the end-cost to consumers. Blu-ray player licenses can be had for $9.50 per device under this plan, which is about half of what the DVD licensing fee was several years ago.

Source: CNet

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