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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Steven Kippel has worked as a systems designer for a leading high-end audio/video custom integrator in Southern California since 2003. He is responsible for researching new technologies and integrating them into existing systems and new construction projects. He has designed several high-profile systems for discriminating clients on the cutting-edge of technology. When he is not hard at work, Steven is spending time with his wife, playing with his band or promoting concerts and bands in the Inland Empire. His favorite bands include The Cure, U2, Eisley, Living Sacrifice and DragonForce.

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