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10. Compatibility

10.1 Are BD devices compatible with CDs and DVDs?
10.2 Are Professional Disc and UDO formats compatible with BD?
10.3 Can all BD recorders write single and dual-layer discs?
10.4 Can all BD-R recorders write BD-R discs in all modes?
10.5 Does a writable BD disc contain information about its manufacture?
10.6 What computer operating system is required to play BD movies?
10.7 What type of computer software is required to play BD movies?
10.8 How much computer system memory is required to play BD movies?
10.9 What type of computer CPU is required to play BD movies?
10.10 What type of graphics card is required to play BD movies?
10.11 What firmware updates are available for BD players, drives and recorders?
10.12 Are HD DVD and BD compatible with each other?
10.13 Are Blu-ray 3D discs compatible with all types of BD players?


10.1 Are BD devices compatible with CDs and DVDs?
Backwards compatibility with CDs and DVDs is not mandated by BD specifications so it is a matter of choice for each individual hardware manufacturer. In practice, it is possible to design BD devices that can read and write all existing CD and DVD formats. So far, manufacturers have only announced products with various degrees of backward compatibility. For example, some computer recorders may read and write almost all disc formats while others DVD-ROM/±RW but not CDs or DVD-RAM.

On the physical level, CDs, DVDs and BDs are distinctly different from one another. Supporting all of these in a single device is a considerable challenge. Each employs different sized pits, lands, tracks and substrate thicknesses. Each is composed of disparate materials and is written or read using lasers of various wavelengths through lenses of assorted numerical apertures. Each format’s optical response is also carefully tuned so discs are not panchromatic. Thus achieving physical compatibility requires BD players, drives and recorders to incorporate involved optical pickups employing multiple lasers (780 nm for CD, 650 nm for DVD and 405 nm for BD) plus numerous other clever solutions. DVD-RAM’s unique nature and optional cartridge requires still further hardware and programming modifications.

Beyond physical compatibility, hardware and/or playback software must be programmed to decode and interpret the contents of a disc. This can be a complex matter given the tremendous variety and colorful history of available logical and application formats:

• Physical formats: CD-ROM/R/RW, DVD-ROM/±R/±RW/±R DL/±RW DL/RAM
• Files systems: ISO 9660, UDF 1.02/1.5/2.5, HFS/HFS+, UFS, etc.
• Data modes: single and multi-session/border, packet, etc.
• Application formats: CD-DA, CD-Text, VCD, SVCD, CD-i, CD+G/M, MP3/WMA, JPEG/TIF/GIF, DivX/XviD/WMV/MPEG-4, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-VR, DVD+VR, etc.
• Content protection systems: CPRM, VCPS, S-VIEW, etc.

A bewildering array of device permutations on the market may thus be expected.

 

10.2 Are Professional Disc and UDO formats compatible with BD?
Even though Sony’s Professional Disc (for DATA and XDCAM HD) and Plasmon’s Ultra Density Optical (UDO) employ blue laser technology, they are incompatible with BD.

Introduced in 2003, Sony’s Professional Disc is based on 23.3 GB BD-RE (version 1.0) but notably different (higher read/write speeds, dual shutter sealed cartridge, etc.). UDO also came to market in 2003 but was designed to directly replace 5.25" Magneto Optical (MO) in automated storage libraries. As such, it is a physically larger (130 mm) 30 GB disc enclosed in a sealed cartridge and employs significantly different design (land and groove recording, ZCLV rotation, embossed headers, etc.) and optical parameters (0.7 NA, etc.).

 

10.3 Can all BD recorders write single and dual-layer BD discs?
All BD-R/RE recorders write single-layer (SL) BD discs but not every unit writes dual-layer (DL). However, format specifications for BD-R and BD-RE mandate that all new recorder models introduced after June 1, 2007 must write both SL and DL discs.

 

10.4 Can all BD-R recorders write BD-R discs in all recording modes?
All BD-R recorders can write data to BD-R discs in Sequential Recording Mode (SRM) either by employing or not employing the Pseudo Overwrite (POW) method (SRM+POW or SRM-POW). The ability to write data in Random Recording Mode (RRM) is optional.

 

10.5 Does a writable BD disc contain information about its manufacture?
Optionally contained within the Address in Pregroove (ADIP) information in the Lead-In Area of a writable BD disc are details about its origin and fabrication. These include the Disc Manufacturer ID, Media Type ID, Time stamp and Product Revision number.

If encoded at the factory, the Disc Manufacturer ID identifies the name of the disc’s producer and, since each company can offer multiple varieties of BD-R, BD-RE, BD-R XL and BD-RE XL discs, the Media Type ID defines the specific kind (see tables). The combination of Disc Manufacturer ID and Media Type ID uniquely distinguishes discs with different writing characteristics and thus is used a BD recorder to select and employ optimized write strategies (laser power levels, pulse durations etc.) and to prevent writing unknown (untested) disc types.

Also present but not part of the information used by the BD recorder is the Time stamp detailing the production date (year, month) of the stamper used to fabricate the disc and the Product Revision number that identifies minor design or production differences.

BD-R Single Layer (SL)
Disc Manufacturer and Media Type ID Codes
Disc Manufacturer Writing Speed Size Manufacturer ID Media Type ID Recording Type
Amethystum Optoelectronics 1x-4x 12 cm AMESOB R01 HTL
Amethystum Optoelectronics 1x-6x 12 cm AMESOB R02 HTL
Amethystum Optoelectronics 1x-4x 12 cm AMESOB R51 LTH
Amethystum Optoelectronics 1x-6x 12 cm AMESOB R52 LTH
Amethystum Optoelectronics 1x-4x 12 cm OTCBDR 001 HTL
Amethystum Optoelectronics 1x-6x 12 cm OTCBDR 002 HTL
CMC Magnetics 1x-2x 12 cm CMCMAG BA2 HTL
CMC Magnetics 1x-4x 12 cm CMCMAG BA3 HTL
CMC Magnetics 1x-6x 12 cm CMCMAG BA5 HTL
Daxon 1x-2x 12 cm Daxon R2X HTL
Daxon 1x-4x 12 cm Daxon R4X HTL
Fujifilm     FUJI    
Hitachi Maxell 1x-2x 8cm, 12 cm MAXELL RS1 HTL
Hitachi Maxell 1x-6x 12 cm MAXELL RS2 LTH
Infomedia 1x-2x   INFOME R20  
Infomedia 1x-4x 12 cm INFOME R30 HTL
Infomedia 1x-6x 12 cm INFOME R40 HTL
Info Source Multi Media Ltd. 1x-4x 12 cm ISMMBD R01 HTL
Info Source Multi Media Ltd. 1x-6x 12 cm ISMMBD R02 HTL
LG Electronics Inc. 1x-4x 12 cm LGEBRA S04 HTL
LG Electronics Inc. 1x-6x 12 cm LGEBRA S06 HTL
Millenniata 1x-4x 12cm MILLEN MR1 HTL
Panasonic 1x-2x 12 cm MEI T01 HTL
Panasonic 1x-4x 12 cm MEI T02 HTL
Panasonic 1x-6x 12 cm MEI RA1 HTL
Moser Baer India 1x-2x 12 cm PHILIP R02 HTL
Moser Baer India 1x-2x 12 cm MBI F01 LTH
Moser Baer India 1x-4x 12 cm MBI F04 LTH
Moser Baer India 1x-6x 12 cm MBI F06 LTH
Moser Baer India 1x-2x 12 cm MBI R02 HTL
Moser Baer India 1x-4x 12 cm MBI R04 HTL
Moser Baer India 1x-4x 12 cm PHILIP R04 HTL
Moser Baer India 1x-6x 12 cm MBI R06 HTL
Optodisc 1x-4x 12 cm OTCBDR 001 HTL
Optodisc 1x-6x 12 cm OTCBDR 002 HTL
Philips 1x-2x 12 cm PHILIP R02 HTL
Prodisc 1x-4x 12 cm PRODIS CR0 HTL
Prodisc 1x-6x 12 cm PRODIS CR1 HTL
Ritek 1x-2x 12 cm RITEK BR1 HTL
Ritek 1x-4x 12 cm RITEK BR2 HTL
Ritek 1x-6x 12 cm RITEK BR3 HTL
Ritek 1x-6x 12cm RITEK BR4 HTL
Ritek 1x-4x 12 cm RITEK BO1 LTH
Ritek 1x-6x 12 cm RITEK BO2 LTH
Sony 1x-2x 12 cm SONY NS1 HTL
Sony 1x-2x 12 cm SONY N01 HTL
Sony 1x-4x 12 cm SONY NS2 HTL
Sony 1x-2x 12 cm SONY NN1 HTL
Sony 1x-4x 12 cm SONY NN2 HTL
Sony 1x-6x 12 cm SONY NN3 HTL
Taiyo Yuden 1x-2x   TYG-BD Y01 LTH
Taiyo Yuden 1x-4x   TYG-BD Y03 LTH
Taiyo Yuden 1x-6x   TYG-BD Y05 LTH
TDK 1x-2x 8 cm TDKBLD RDA HTL
TDK 1x-2x 12 cm TDKBLD RBA HTL
TDK 1x-4x 12 cm TDKBLD RBB HTL
TDK 1x-6x 12 cm TDKBLD RBD HTL
UmeDisc 4x 12 cm UMEBDR 014 HTL
UmeDisc 4x 12 cm ANWELL R04 HTL
UmeDisc 4x 12 cm UMEBDR 114 HTL
UmeDisc 6x 12 cm UMEBDR 116 HTL
UmeDisc 6x 12 cm UMEBDR 016 HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-2x 8cm, 12 cm VERBAT IMa HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-4x 8cm, 12 cm VERBAT IMc HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-6x 12 cm VERBAT IMe HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-2x 12 cm VERBAT IMw LTH
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-4x 12 cm VERBAT IMv LTH
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-6x 12 cm VERBAT IMu LTH
Victor Advanced Media 1x-6x 12 cm JVC-AM S6L LTH
Victor Advanced Media 1x-6x 12 cm JVCVAM S6L LTH
BD-R Dual Layer (DL)
Disc Manufacturer and Media Type ID Codes
Disc Manufacturer Writing Speed Size Manufacturer ID Media Type ID Recording Type
CMC Magnetics 1x-6x 12 cm CMCMAG Dl6 HTL
Fujifilm     FUJI    
Panasonic 1x-2x 12 cm MEI T01 HTL
Panasonic 1x-4x 12 cm MEI T02 HTL
Panasonic 1x-6x 12 cm MEI RB1 HTL
Ritek 1x-4x 12 cm RITEK DR2 HTL
Ritek 1x-6x 12 cm RITEK DR3 HTL
Sony 1x-4x 12 cm SONY ND4 HTL
Sony 1x-6x 12 cm SONY ND6 HTL
TDK 1x-2x 12 cm TDKBLD RFA HTL
TDK 1x-4x 12 cm TDKBLD RFB HTL
TDK 1x-6x 12 cm TDKBLD RFD HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-2x 8cm, 12 cm VERBAT IMb HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-4x 12 cm VERBAT IMd HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-6x 12 cm VERBAT IMf HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-6x 12 cm VAMKM IMf HTL
BD-R XL Triple Layer (TL)
Disc Manufacturer and Media Type ID Codes
Disc Manufacturer Writing Speed Size Manufacturer ID Media Type ID Recording Type
Panasonic 2x-4x 12 cm PAN RC4 HTL
Sony 2x-4x 12 cm SONY NT1 HTL
TDK 2x-4x 12 cm TDKBLD RNC HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 2x-4x 12 cm VERBAT IMk HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 2x-4x 12 cm VAMKM RNC HTL
BD-R XL Quadruple Layer (QL)
Disc Manufacturer and Media Type ID Codes
Disc Manufacturer Writing Speed Size Manufacturer ID Media Type ID Recording Type
Sony 2x-4x 12 cm SONY NQ1 HTL
TDK 2x-4x 12 cm TDKBLD ROC HTL
BD-RE Single Layer (SL)
Disc Manufacturer and Media Type ID Codes
Disc Manufacturer Writing Speed Size Manufacturer ID Media Type ID Recording Type
Amethystum Optoelectronics 1x-2x 12 cm OTCBRE 001 HTL
CMC Magnetics 1x-2x 12 cm CMCMAG CN2 HTL
Hitachi Maxell 1x-2x 8 cm, 12 cm MAXELL ES1 HTL
Imation 1x-2x 12 cm IMATN E_2 HTL
Infomedia 1x-2x   INFOME E20  
Info Source Multi Media Ltd. 1x-2x 12 cm ISMMBD RE1 HTL
LG Electronics 1x-2x 12 cm LGEBRE S01 HTL
Panasonic 1x-2x 12 cm MEI T01 HTL
Philips 1x-2x 12 cm PHILIP W02  
Moser Baer 1x-2x 12 cm PHILIP W02  
Moser Baer 1x-2x 12 cm MBI E02  
Optodisc 1x-2x 12 cm OTCBRE 001 HTL
Ritek 1x-2x 12 cm RITEK BW1  
Sony 1x-2x 12 cm SONY ES1  
TDK 1x-2x 8 cm TDK WDA HTL
TDK 1x-2x 12 cm TDK WBA HTL
UmeDisc 1x-2x 12 cm UMEBRE 012 HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-2x 8 cm, 12 cm VERBAT IM0  
Victor Company of Japan 1x-2x 12 cm JVCRE1 101 HTL
BD-RE Dual Layer (DL)
Disc Manufacturer and Media Type ID Codes
Disc Manufacturer Writing Speed Size Manufacturer ID Media Type ID Recording Type
Panasonic 1x-2x 12 cm MEI T01 HTL
Ritek 1x-2x 12 cm RITEK DW1 HTL
Sony 1x-2x 12 cm SONY ED4 HTL
TDK 1x-2x 12 cm TDKBLD Wfa HTL
Verbatim (MKM) 1x-2x 12 cm VERBAT IM1 HTL
BD-RE XL Triple Layer (TL)
Disc Manufacturer and Media Type ID Codes
Disc Manufacturer Writing Speed Size Manufacturer ID Media Type ID Recording Type
Panasonic 1x-2x 12 cm PAN EC2 HTL
Sony 1x-2x 12 cm SONY ET1 HTL
Sony 1x-2x 12 cm SONY ET2 HTL

 

10.6 What computer operating system is required to play BD movies?
According to recommendations from CyberLink, InterVideo, ArcSoft and Nero, to play BD movies a PC system must have either Windows XP SP2 or Vista installed. No Mac OS or Linux support is yet available.

 

10.7 What type of computer software is required to play BD movies?
As with traditional DVD, playback software is required to view BD movies on a computer. It can be purchased separately, as part of a larger package or bundled with a drive or recorder. Like consumer electronics (CE) players, various programs support different BD features and capabilities (BD-Video, BD-Live, audio codecs, etc.). Be aware that Internet access is necessary to periodically update the software and renew the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) encryption key required by commercial movies. As of Sept. 2009, CyberLink, Corel, ArcSoft and Roxio offer playback software for PC systems but no Mac OS and Linux versions are yet available.

For a complete list of software see: How much does BD computer video player software cost?

 

10.8 How much computer system memory is required to play BD movies?
According to recommendations from CyberLink, InterVideo, ArcSoft and Nero, to play BD movies a PC system must realistically be equipped with at least 1 GB of RAM.

 

10.9 What type of computer CPU is required to play BD movies?
According to recommendations from CyberLink, InterVideo, ArcSoft, Nero and NVIDA, to satisfy the significant processing demands of playing BD movies a PC system must realistically be equipped with a high performance dual-core CPU (see table). Also note that playing VC-1 and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 titles may require additional horsepower over those encoded with MPEG-2. Mac system guidelines have yet to be published.

CPU Guidelines
(PC system)
Manufacturer Model
Intel Pentium Extreme Edition — 955 (3.46 GHz) or higher
Pentium D 900 sequence — 945 (3.4 GHz) or higher
Core Duo — T2500 (2.0 GHz) or higher
Core 2 Duo — E6300 (1.86 GHz) or higher
Core 2 Extreme — X6800 (2.93 GHz) or higher
AMD Athlon 64 FX — FX-60 (2.6 GHz) or higher
Athlon 64 X2 — 4200+ (2.2 GHz) or higher
Turion 64 X2 — TL-60 (2.0 GHz) or higher

 

10.10 What type of graphics card is required to play BD movies?
According to recommendations from CyberLink, InterVideo, ArcSoft, Nero and NVIDA, to play BD movies a PC system must realistically be equipped with a graphics card employing a PCI Express (PCIe) interface, at least 256 MB video RAM and a HDCP-enabled GPU (see table). The latest graphics drivers, incorporating support for Certified Output Protection Protocol (COPP), must also be installed (see table). Mac system guidelines have yet to be published.

Graphics Card/Integrated Graphics Processor Guidelines
(PC system)
Manufacturer Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)/Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP)
AMD 780G (Radeon HD 3200)
ATI Radeon X1600 series, X1650 series, X1800 series, X1900 series, X1950 series, HD 2400 series, HD 2600 series, HD 2900 series, HD 3400 series, HD 3600 series, HD 3800, HD 4350 series, HD 4550 series, HD 4600 series, HD 4800 series, All-in-Wonder HD  or newer
Intel Desktop: G45 Express (GMA X4500HD)
Mobile: GM45 Express (GMA 4500MHD)
NVIDIA GeForce 7600 (GT), 7800 (GTX 512), 7900 (GS, GT, GTX) 7950 (GT, GX2), 8400 (GS), 8500 (GT), 8600 (GT, GTS), 8800 (GT, GTS, GTX, Ultra), 9500 (GT), 9600 (GT, GSO), 9800 (GT, GTX, GTX+, GX2), GTX (260, 280) or newer
Graphics Card Drivers Guidelines
(PC system)
Manufacturer Version
ATI Catalyst 7.2 or higher
NVIDIA ForceWare 93.71 (Windows XP), 97.92 (Windows XP GeForce 8800), 100.65 (Vista) or higher

 

10.11 What firmware updates are available for BD players, drives and recorders?
To add new features, improve compatibility, address security concerns and correct internal programming issues, manufacturers periodically issue firmware updates to BD players, drives and recorders. Generally speaking, it is advisable to use the latest available version.

Typically, updates can be downloaded from the web (see tables) or ordered on disc directly from the various manufacturers. Installing incorrect firmware can damage a device so it is imperative to obtain the correct version for its specific make and model as well as region of the world in which it was sold. Manufacturer instructions should always be followed.

BD Consumer Electronics (CE) Player Firmware Updates
(May 2010 — North America)
Manufacturer Model Firmware Version Date Download Location
Denon DVD-1800BD 1.121 11/11/2009 download
Denon DVD-2500BTCI 1.121 11/11/2009 download
Denon DVD-3800BDCI 1.120 6/30/2009 download
Element EDBCO11     download
Insignia NS-BDLIVE01   June 2009 download
Insignia NS-2BRDVD   June 2009 download
Insignia NS-BRDVD3 Netflix-enabled   download
Insignia NS-WBRDVD Netflix-enabled   download
LG BH100 090121a   download
LG BH200 BHLV221BH   download
LG BD300 BD8.11.480   download
LG BD390 BD.8.08.529   download
LG BD270 350   download
LG BD550 831211 4/2/2010 download
LG BD570 831211 4/2/2010 download
LG BD590 831211 4/2/2010 download
Marantz BD7002 1.112 11/10/2009 download
Marantz BD8002 1.112 11/10/2009 download
Memorex MVBD2510 C 7/20/2009 download
Memorex MVBD2511 V0.45-2009-10-16 2/9/2009 download
Magnavox NB500MS9 1.109   download
Magnavox NB500MG9 1.109   download
Magnavox NB530MGX 1.010   download
Magnavox NB531MGX 1.010   download
Magnavox NB500MGXA 1.010   download
Magnavox NB500MGXB 1.010   download
Momitsu BDP-799 1.1 11/18/2009 download
Momitsu BDP-899 064_090330 8/28/2009 download
Olveia BD-100 2.0 1/29/2009 download
OPPO Digital BDP-80 BDP80-10-1230 1/18/2010 download
OPPO Digital BDP-83 BDP83-48-1224 5/5/2010 download
Panasonic DMP-BD10 2.5 8/5/2008 download
Panasonic DMP-BD10A 2.5 8/5/2008 download
Panasonic DMP-BD15 1.7 5/25/2010 download
Panasonic DMP-BD30 2.9 6/10/2009 download
Panasonic DMP-BD35 2.2 4/26/2010 download
Panasonic DMP-BD45/65/85 1.43 5/25/2010 download
Panasonic DMP-BD50 2.1 11/30/2009 download
Panasonic DMP-BD55 2.2 4/26/2010 download
Panasonic DMP-BD60/BD70V 2.4 5/24/2010 download
Panasonic DMP-BD80 2.4 5/24/2010 download
Panasonic DMP-BDT300/350 1.40 5/24/2010 download
Panasonic DMP-B500 1.10 5/24/2010 download
Panasonic SC-BT100 2.0 8/25/2009 download
Panasonic SC-BT200/203/205/300/303 1.7 4/13/2010 download
Panasonic SC-BT228 1.1 3/25/2010 download
Panasonic SC-BT230/330/730 1.1 3/24/2010 download
Panasonic SC-BTX70/BTX68 1.7 4/13/2010 download
Philips BDP7200 1.113 7/27/2009 download
Philips BDP9000 V081216 2/19/2009 download
Pioneer BDP-HD1 3.95   download
Pioneer BDP-94HD 2.65   download
Pioneer BDP-95FD 3.45   download
Pioneer BDP-05FD 1.65   download
Pioneer BDP-09FD 2.65   download
Pioneer BDP-23FD 3.65   download
Pioneer BDP-51FD 1.37   download
Pioneer BDP-120/121 BP9120100   download
Pioneer BDP-320 3.65   download
Samsung BD-P1000 2.0 4/15/2009 download
Samsung BD-P1200 2.8 4/21/2010 download
Samsung BD-P1400 2.2 4/2/2010 download
Samsung BD-P1500 2.7 4/23/2010 download
Samsung BDP-1590 2.08 3/25/2010 download
Samsung BDP-1600 2.08 3/25/2010 download
Samsung BD-P2500 2.6 4/16/2010 download
Samsung BD-P2550 2.6 4/16/2010 download
Samsung BDP-3600 2.07 3/25/2010 download
Samsung BDP-4600 2.07 3/25/2010 download
Samsung BD-UP5000 1.5 4/28/2010 download
Samsung HT-BD2S 1.5 1/22/2010 download
Samsung HT-BD2ET 1.5 1/22/2010 download
Samsung HT-BD2ST 1.5 1/22/2010 download
Samsung BD-C7500 1010.4 4/14/2010 download
Samsung BD-C6900 1009.3 4/15/2010 download
Samsung BD-C6500 1010.4 4/14/2010 download
Samsung BD-C5500 1010.4 4/14/2010 download
Sharp BD-HP16U PF9120100   download
Sharp BD-HP17U PF9120100   download
Sharp BD-HP20U HU9071500   download
Sharp BD-HP21U PN9110600   download
Sharp BD-HP22U P29120100   download
Sharp BD-HP52U PG09112100   download
Sylvania NB500SL9 1.109   download
Sylvania NB501SL9 1.109   download
Sylvania NB530SLX 1.010   download
Sylvania NB531SLX 1.010   download
Sony BDP-S1 5.20 4/9/2010 download
Sony BDP-S300 5.30 4/9/2010 download
Sony BDP-S301 5.30 4/9/2010 download
Sony BDP-S350 020 10/22/2009 download
Sony BDP-S360 007 10/22/2009 download
Sony BDP-BX1 020 10/22/2009 download
Sony BDP-BX2 007 10/22/2009 download
Sony BDP-S500 5.10 4/9/2010 download
Sony BDP-S550 020 10/22/2009 download
Sony BDP-N460 123 12/22/2009 download
Sony BDP-S2000ES 5.10 4/9/2010 download
Sony BDP-S5000ES 020 10/22/2009 download
Sony HES-V1000 1.07.058 1.07.058 download
Sony BDV-IS1000 010 2/4/2009 download
Sony BDV-IT1000ES 010 2/4/2009 download
Sony BDP-CX960 015 4/8/2010 download
Sony BDP-CX7000ES 015 4/8/2010 download
Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) 3.30 4/22/2009 download
VisionQuest VQM-1000-BLU   3/18/2009 download
Vizo VBR100 20091022_29A_0500
DSB030_0300
  download
Vizo VBR110 VZBBU026.DS0   download
Yamaha BD-S1900 1.13 May 2010 download
Yamaha BD-S1065 1.13 May 2010 download
Yamaha BD-S2900 1.3 Mar. 2010 download
BD Computer Recorder Firmware Updates
(Apr. 2010 — North America)
Manufacturer Model Firmware Version Download Location
Buffalo BR-816SU2 1.02 download
Buffalo BR-816FBS 1.2 download
LG GBW-H10N GL06 download
LG GGW-H101N 1.02 download
LG GGW-H20L YL05 download
LG GGW-H20N XL05 download
LG BE06LU10 YE05 download
LG BE08LU20 2.00 download
LG BH08LS20 2.00 download
Lite-On/PLDS LH-2B1S AL09 download
Lite-On/PLDS DH-4B1S 7P53 download
Panasonic SW-5582 BZB9  
Panasonic LF-MB121 BD02  
Panasonic SW-5583 1.02  
Panasonic SW-5584 1.00  
Philips SPD7000BD BPBM download
Pioneer BDR-101A 1.01 download
Pioneer BDR-202 1.08 download
Pioneer BDR-203 1.11 download
Pioneer BDR-205 1.08 download
Plextor PX-B900A 1.01 download
Sony BWU-100A 1.0F download
Sony BWU-200S 1.0b download
BD-ROM Drive Firmware Updates
(Apr. 2009 — North America
Manufacturer Model Firmware Version Download Location
Sony BDU-X10S 1.0d download
Sony Optiarc BR-5100S 1.02 download
Lite-On/PLDS DH-4O1S (w/o RAM) CP56 download
Lite-On/PLDS DH-4O1S (w/RAM) 2P53 download
BD Combo Drive Firmware Updates
(Jan. 2010 — North America)
Manufacturer Model Firmware Version Download Location
Asus BC-08B1ST 1.00 download
LG GGC-H20L 1.03 download
Pioneer BDC-202, BDC-S02 1.07 download
Plextor PX-B310U 1.06 download
Plextor PX-B310SA 1.06 download
Plextor PX-B320SA 1.05 download
Samsung SH-B083A SB00 download
Samsung SH-B083L SB00 download
Sony Optiarc BC-5100S 1.10 download
Sony Optiarc BC-5500A 1.05 download
Sony Optiarc BC-5500S 1.05 download
Sony Optiarc BC-5600S 1.04 download

 

10.12 Are HD DVD and BD compatible with each other?
HD DVD and BD technologies originate from directly competing commercial interests and although they share some common physical characteristics both disc families are significantly different from one another and thus mutually incompatible. It is, however, possible to design a player, drive or recorder to read and write BD and HD DVD discs by making the appropriate accommodations. In fact, several manufacturers (LG, Samsung) did offer consumer electronics players and computer combo drives that read HD DVD and BD discs but discontinued their efforts after HD DVD development ceased in 2008.

 

10.13 Are Blu-ray 3D discs compatible with all types of BD players?
Generally speaking, most Blu-ray 3D discs can be viewed on Blu-ray 3D players (in stereoscopic 3D) and 2D BD-Live, BONUSVIEW and Grace Period BD players (in 2D). Be aware, however, that some 3D discs are incompatible with 2D players.

Specifically, discs identified as “Blu-ray 3D” are compatible with both 3D and 2D players while those marked “3D Only” require a 3D player (see figure 10.1).

Blu-ray 3D and 3D only logos

Figure 10.1: Official Blu-ray 3D logos (used with permission of Blu-ray Disc Association)

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