Blu-ray Disc Player Search
The capabilities of a Blu-ray player to do more than just play movies can are categorized by what is known as BD Profiles.
The most capable Blu-ray players will offer features that bring it even with the features set of the now defunct HD DVD player.
The profiles from top to bottom are:
- BD Profile 2.0
For BD Profile 2.0 (or BD Live) Picture-in-Picture (PIP), Secondary audio, a Virtual File System (VFS), an Ethernet port
(internet connectivity) and support for 1 GB of local or removable storage are mandatory.
- BD Profile 1.1
Under BD Profile 1.1 (Profile 1 Final Standard Profile), Picture-in-Picture (PIP), Secondary audio, a Virtual File System
and support for 256 MB of local or removable storage are mandatory. An Ethernet port (internet connectivity) is not required.
All Blu-ray players released to market on or after November 1, 2007 must meet the Final Standard Profile at minimum.
- BD Profile 1
Under BD Profile 1.0 (or Profile 1 Grace Period) All profile features are optional. Players using the Grace Period profile
must be on the market before October 31, 2007.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price.
Typical price in a store or from an online retailer.
Deep Color provides for the use of a greater number of bits to represent colors, so that the full RGB color
space can be utilized, and additional attributes like the transparency of the color can be represented. Under
HDMI version 1.3a, Deep Color support is optional.
Remote control units that are packaged Blu-ray players fall in to 3 distinct
groups. From best to worse they are:
- “Multi-Brand Learning” remotes have a pre-programmed code library of commands
for other manufacturer’s equipment, and also have the ability to learn commands
not programmed in the library so you can use one remote for all of your
- “Multi-Brand” remotes have a built-in code library of commands for other
manufacturer’s equipment, allowing you to control the basic functions of other
equipment with one remote.
- “Basic” remotes will control only the Blu-ray Disc player, and perhaps other
equipment produced by the same manufacturer.
Standard manufacturer’s warranty, when the device is purchased from an authorized dealer.