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What is the Blu-ray Disc Association?

Learn about the group responsible for the development of Blu-ray and its associated formats.

In February 2002, a large group of companies called the Blu-ray Disc Founders announced the introduction of the Blu-ray Disc (BD) format, the next generation in optical storage. The new format would offer an immense storage capacity (up to 50GB) that is perfect for High Definition video recording and distribution, as well as for storing large amounts of data. The format shares the same form factors as existing CD and DVD optical discs allowing for backwards compatibility.

In 2005, the Blu-ray Disc Founders announced the creation of the Blu-ray Disc Association. The Blu-ray Disc Association, or BDA, is a group of companies with an interest in the BD formats. Since its inception, the BDA has grown to include leaders in all aspects of home entertainment – movie studios, hardware companies, technology providers and more – all working together to deliver to consumers the best possible entertainment experience at home.

In 2014, the BDA announced the launch of the Ultra HD format, the new standard for ultra high definition picture and audio quality in the home.

The aim of the BDA is to:

  • Develop Blu-ray Disc specifications
  • Ensure Blu-ray Disc products are implemented by licensees according to the intent of the specifications
  • Promote wide adoption of Blu-ray Disc formats
  • Provide useful information to those who are interested in supporting Blu-ray Disc formats