There are many myths regarding this technology since it is comparatively new. In this article we will try to clear some of those. The first myth is that internet connection is necessary for supporting this format. It is absolutely untrue. Internet connection is not needed for basic playback of blu-ray supported movies. It will only be needed for extra features like downloading value-added services, web browsing, watching latest movie trailers etc. You will also need internet if you want to authorize the managed copies of those blu-ray movies that are transferred over your home network.
Blu-ray Discs do not work on a DVD player or a PC with a standard DVD drive. In order to get the best Blu-ray experience you need:
A Blu-ray Disc player—This is a consumer electronics device that connects to your HDTV cable and plays Blu-ray Discs.
A PC with a Blu-ray Drive—Add a Blu-ray Disc drive to your PC to watch Blu-ray movies on your monitor, or connect your PC to an HDTV to watch Blu-ray movies on your HDTV.
An HDTV or a PC with a 16:9 widescreen HD monitor—Blu-ray movies are presented in the widescreen format. With a widescreen monitor or HDTV you’ll get the best viewing experience.
As HD DVD and Blu-ray are new formats containing a new technologies, certain disc, digital connection, compatibility and/or performance issues may arise, and do not constitute defects in the product. Flawless playback on all systems is not guaranteed. In order for some HD-DVD and Blu-ray titles to play, they may require a DVI or HDMI digital connection and your display may require HDCP support.
The second myth is regarding down-converting analog outputs. Blu-ray players will not down-convert the signals of analog output unless your video contains ICT or Image Constraint Token. Since most of the movie studios like Sony, Fox, Disney, MGM, Paramount, and Universal do not use this feature so you will not be having much trouble with this.