Blu-ray Goes “Over-the-Top”

When it comes to the best in high-def movies, Blu-ray technology stands above the rest. Delivering the best image quality possible in full 1080p, a Blu-ray player is able to take complete advantage of an HDTV’s high resolution, unlike regular DVDs. Blu-ray’s advantage is in the disc itself, holding up to five times more data than a normal DVD. That extra space is used hold the additional data that gives Blu-ray movies their clarity and vibrant color. With the first Blu-ray movies being released four years ago, there are more than 2,500 titles available today for purchase in the United States, that’s more than one movie released each day. Even with all those movies, Blu-ray players are beginning to venture into a market called “over-the-top.” The newest breeds of Blu-ray players come web-enabled, with the ability to stream your favorite content from websites like Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube straight to your TV. Sounding a little over-the-top? It shouldn’t for long, according to a recent study by research group In-Stat, which shows the trend of people using over-the-top to receive content only growing over the next several years. From their findings, 30 million U.S. broadband households are already watching online video on their TV, and by 2014, 57 million U.S. broadband households will be viewing full-length online video on the TV. If you have considered getting a Blu-ray player, but haven’t yet made the jump, now could be your chance. Throughout the month of November we are running a special, if you buy an A/V receiver of $1000 or more, we will give you a Blu-ray player – FREE! This...