Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the completed authoring of the first prototype Blu-ray disc to contain a full length, high definition feature film.
The media giant revealed that Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle was compressed and authored in MPEG 2 full high definition and is now being shipped to Blu-ray disc hardware companies for player testing.
According to Sony, the disc features dynamic menus with full resolution graphics and animation, as well as superior audio and enhanced picture quality.
But while the news brings Blu-ray one step closer to its commercial introduction to the market, trouble is brewing in the Blu-ray camp.
HP has responded by saying that it may have to back the rival HD-DVD standard as well, and adopt a "neutral" position over next-generation DVD technology.
The issue centres around HP's backing for technologies known as iHD and mandatory managed copy, which essentially lets users legally copy DVDs and store the digital file on a home network, and provides for new interactive features.
The Blu-ray Disc Association replied that it will incorporate mandatory managed copy, but will launch it in spring 2006 with interactive features built on Sun Microsystems' Java software.
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