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The difference between Blu-ray and 1080 High Definition

A friend of mine visited recently, and as we were watching something on Apple TV, he commented on how beautiful the Blu-ray picture was. Actually, it wasn't Blu-ray, it was the 1080 High Definition that Apple TV streams. And yes, it's brilliant, but there is a difference.

1080 is the very best High Definition image that can be streamed. In the bad old days (last year) the best was 720. Many, many years ago, it was 480. And so, nowadays, for all intents and purposes, there are only two high definition choices: Blu-ray and 1080. But to get a Blu-ray picture, you need to use a Blu-ray player. Blu-ray does not stream.

I got a Blu-ray player years ago, and yes, it's mind-boggling. Watching nature shows, etc., it's just unbelievable. I mean, have you ever seen *Planet Earth* in Blu-ray? If you have, you know what I mean. Just stunning. But most movies really don't need to be in Blu-ray. And I am settling happily now into 1080. Yeah, I'll keep my Blu-ray player, and go back and watch Planet Earth, but I won't be bothering with Blu-ray discs, or any type of discs, anymore.

So, here it is: if you just wanna watch movies, get a 1080 TV (that's high definition) and watch them on Apple TV. If you absolutely need to see movies in Blu-ray, you will need to stay with using discs on a Blu-ray player.