Blu-ray Disc Association
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History and Association

When was Blu-ray Disc introduced?
The Blu-ray Disc specification was officially announced in February 2002. Blu-ray Disc recorders were first launched in Japan in 2003. Blu-ray Disc players appeared globally in early 2006.

What does the name Blu-ray Disc mean?
The name Blu-ray Disc refers to the blue laser that is used to read from and record to a Blu-ray Disc. In comparison to a red laser, as used in DVD and CD, a blue laser allows for a much higher density and hence larger storage capacity. "Blu" is intentionally spelled without an "e" to allow for a distinctive registration of the trademark name.

What is the correct abbreviation of Blu-ray Disc?
The abbreviation of Blu-ray Disc™ and Blu-ray™ is not allowed. Licensees should use the words as provided by the Blu-ray Disc Association License Office.

When was the Blu-ray Disc Association established?
The group of companies that develops the Blu-ray Disc format was initially called Blu-ray Disc Founders, and it was established in early 2002. In June 2004, the group was renamed to Blu-ray Disc Association to underline its intentions to welcome other companies to join the association.

What companies support Blu-ray Disc?
Virtually all major consumer electronics companies plus the world's leading PC and blank media manufacturers support the Blu-ray Disc format. Currently, there are over 150 member companies.

How can I become a member of the Blu-ray Disc Association?
For membership information, please refer to the section "Association on this web site.

How can I get a license for Blu-ray Disc products?
For licensing information, please refer to the section BD Licensing in the Industry menu.

Does the Blu-ray Disc Association offer any investment opportunities?
The Blu-ray Disc Association is a voluntary organization supported by various companies with the united aim of promoting the Blu-ray Disc format. It is not a publicly traded company, so you will not be able to buy "Blu-ray stock" or make an investment otherwise. Please contact any of the participating companies directly for information on investment opportunities.