Friday, January 28, 2011

Blu RayMedia : Who Manufactures My Discs?

Blu Ray blank media guide : Best Blu Ray media brands
Best Blu Ray Media Brands Part 2: Who Manufactures my Discs?

When you have a disc in hand, trying to ascertain its archival quality, how can you make sure of the manufacturer? Most burners, if they can read the disc, will allow you to find out the MID (Media ID), which is  typically (but not always) a unique identifier of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the media. It should be noted, however, that the MID does not guarantee provenance to a given manufacturer, and that MIDs occasionally get licensed to third parties. For instance, a new manufacturer may want to be able to have its MID recognized by older players with non-updated firmware,  or a second tier manufacturer may want to take advantage of a first tier manufacturer's brand reputation. We would want to think that a top manufacturer would not agree to such licensing - but this is unfortunately not true:(

This table lists all manufacturers, that we know of, which are available in the US as we go to publication, along with the ID format that their products will display: CMC, Optodisc, Panasonic, Philips, Ritek, Sony, Taiyo Yuden/ JVC, TDK, and Verbatim. More examples of MIDs can be found on the ImgBurn Support Forum.

Next we review the raw data we collected on Blu Ray media available for sale in the US... So come back soon!

To understand Blu Ray lingo, check our lexicon of Blu Ray vocabulary. Our Blu Ray brand predictive quality rating process is explained here. Our statistical analysis practices are described here, which is also where we discuss's predictive quality rating.

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