Blu-Ray Pet Peeves

Christmas was last week. I did what I usually do, which is to use three or four vacation days to take off the week between Christmas and New Year’s. During that break I spend time with my family, my pajamas, and my movies, which reminded me of some things.

Why the heck does it take Blu-Rays so much longer to load than old-fashioned DVDs? Newer tech is supposed to be faster, not slower.

I asked on Facebook and got different answers. I Googled and got different answers.

  • It’s because the interactive interface is written in Java, which is slow.
  • There’s more data to load than with DVDs.
  • Some units support BD-Live, and part of the delay is because the unit is trying to connect with BD-Live.
  • The movie studios got burned when DVD encryption was broken. With Blu-Ray the disc can contain newer versions of encryption. If the player doesn’t have the newer version on the disk it has to download that version before it can play the movie.

Beats me what the definitive answer is.

The other thing that bugs me about Blu-Rays and DVDs is not being able to fast-forward or skip whenever I want. Sometimes -like during the FBI warning or the intro – you can’t skip over them.

I paid for the disc. Now I’m getting “That is not allowed, citizen. Put down the remote and wait for the police to arrive.” Screw you, Hollywood.

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3 Responses to Blu-Ray Pet Peeves

  1. aczarnowski says:

    The unskippable section idiocy is nicelty summed up in this classic graphic.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Les Jones says:

    Oh hell yeah. That’s perfect.

  3. harqueb.us says:

    He beat me to it!

    I got distracted reading old XKCDs while looking for that graphic, so I’ll leave you with this slightly-related comic instead: http://xkcd.com/488/