Updated: 01/18/2023 by Computer Hope

BD may refer to any of the following:

Blu-ray blue laser

1. Short for Blu-ray disc, BD or BD-ROM (Blu-ray disc read-only memory), is an optical disc format developed by thirteen consumer electronics and PC companies. These companies include Apple, Dell, Hitachi, Hewlett Packard, LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Sony, Sun, and TDK.

Blu-ray was introduced at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) on January 4, 2006, can store 25 GB on a single-layer disc (50 GB on a dual-layer disc) and are the same size as a CD (compact disc). The picture shows a blue laser in a Blu-ray disc player.

On February 19, 2008, Blu-ray beat out HD DVD (digital versatile disc) in the high-definition disc format wars.

What did the Blu-ray replace?

The Blu-ray discs and drives are an upgrade and replacement to the CDs and DVDs and drives.

Can a Blu-ray player read a DVD and CD?

Yes. A Blu-ray player is backward compatible and can read Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs.

Can a DVD player read a Blu-ray disc?

No. Blu-ray is the newer, more advanced technology; a DVD player cannot read a Blu-ray disc.

Why is it called a Blu-ray?

The name Blu-ray comes from the blue-violet color of the laser used in the drive to read discs. This laser was unique to all prior disc drives because it used a blue laser instead of a red laser.

What is BD+ or BD Plus?

BD+ (BD Plus) is a copy protection system for Blu-ray that allows the movie studio to create a custom method of protecting Blu-ray movies.

2. BD is also chat slang for a big deal.

3. The Internet domain suffix .bd is short for Bangladesh.

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