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BluFocus is Certified by the Blu-ray Disc Association

by October 16, 2009

Have you ever stuck a brand new title into your Blu-ray player and instead of movie watching bliss; you’re thrust into the darkened hell of system-menus and firmware-updates? Welcome to the ugly world of Blu-ray incompatibility. A company called BluFocus has just achieved recognition from the Blu-ray Disc Association as a Blu-ray Movie Play Verification and Testing Center. Hooray! 

BluFocus says it’s the first advanced testing and advisory service that specializes in Blu-ray disc media. The company offers tools and services to content providers and manufacturers alike that want to go Blu while ensuring a positive, hassle-free customer experience. And we customers of media appreciate you guys getting your stuff to work nice together. 

Since working with the Blu-ray format since 2007, BluFocus has also expanded into THX Certification testing, compatibility and verification.

You know your tech-formats have gotten seriously technical when you need a third party to audit compatibility. Remember the not-so good old days when all it took was a needle on the end of a hollowed-out horn to playback the latest in analogue media? Neither do I! But my guess is Thomas Edison didn’t need a focus group to ensure compatibility between phonograph players and media. 

Are you having problems with a particular movie on a particular model of Blu-ray player? I’m sure we’ve all been there. My nightmare scenario involved bringing home a new BD player and a copy of 3:10 to Yuma. Needless to say I took the 3:20 back to the retailer and got another player. 

These days you have somewhere to turn. Let BluFocus know of any recent compatibility issues.

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Wayde is a tech-writer and content marketing consultant in Canada s tech hub Waterloo, Ontario and Editorialist for Audioholics.com. He's a big hockey fan as you'd expect from a Canadian. Wayde is also US Army veteran, but his favorite title is just "Dad".

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basspig posts on October 25, 2009 20:46
All the industry has to do is eliminate the requirement that every disc have AACS encryption and a lot of wedding couples will be a LOT happier that they would then be able to play the BD-R disc of their event. Currently, anywhere from 53-77% (depending on which organization you quote) of BD-R discs will not play on the current crop of players on the market today. That's just unacceptable. Much of this is due to adherance ot the Blu-ray spec, which requires a player to reject any disc that is not encrypted. Sharp announced that as a matter of company policy to thwart piracy, all of their players would adhere 100% to the spec and refuse to play any BD-R/RE discs. IMHO, this is a terrible marketing decision, as smart buyers will simply avoid these players.

How many of us have DVD-R videos that were shot locally? Fast forward ten years. How many of us will be in the same boat with BD-R discs? Need I say more?
Wayde Robson posts on October 19, 2009 14:02
mtrycrafts, post: 636377
I am just wondering if they will rely on feedback from customers of issues, or test BD prior to being released?
If they respond to problems after the fact, how will that solve problems?

Good question, guess it remains to be seen. If anything they can record the issues and let the manufacturers know.
AccessGuy posts on October 19, 2009 06:16
Well, that's one of the joys of playing my blu-ray discs on my PS3. So far I have updated my firmware almost automatically, just from the software on the disc, so that it does play perfectly after the update. I think this has happened about three times since I bought the PS3 a couple of years ago.
mtrycrafts posts on October 17, 2009 18:54
admin, post: 635821
Have you ever stuck a brand new Blu-ray title into your player and instead of movie watching bliss; you’re thrust into the darkened hell of system-menus and firmware-updates? Welcome to the ugly world of Blu-ray incompatibility. A company called BluFocus has just achieved recognition from the Blu-ray Disc Association as a Blu-ray Movie Play Verification and Testing Center. Hooray!


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I am just wondering if they will rely on feedback from customers of issues, or test BD prior to being released?
If they respond to problems after the fact, how will that solve problems?
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