Fox to Add Interesting Features to Blu-ray Discs
Since the content of the actual movie isn't always that entertaining, it's nice to see some interesting new features to the Blu-ray format itself. According to SlashFilm, Fox will be releasing a series of new features onto its Blu-ray discs. Here's a round-up:
Blu-ray viewers that have a BD Live-enabled player will be able to take advantage of this cool feature. At the touch of a button, you can automatically look up information about any actor in the film on his/her IMDB page. This should be a cool feature for when you're trying to remember an actor's name or where you've seen them before--no more pausing the film and running to Google it. The best part about this feature is that it's it's already a part of the Wolverine Blu-ray.
Remote Device Accessibility
Fox imagines creating an experience whereby you're able to control your Blu-ray player and content via a networked mobile device such as an iPhone. In addition to serving as a remote control, the remote device would also play content from the Blu-ray. For instance, you could access IMDB pages through the Live Lookup feature on your iPhone, while the movie continues to play uninterrupted for other viewers.
Integrated Load Times
Sick of waiting forever for your menu to load? Fox feels your pain and is working on integrating the load times into the preview content, so that when you're watching previews, the disc will be loading behind the scenes, making for a quicker, more seamless viewing experience. While it's not the perfect solution, considering not everyone wants to watch previews, it could definitely improve upon current load times.
Fox plans to add memory capabilities to Blu-ray, similar to that enjoyed by DVD viewers. When you eject the DVD, you'll be able to pick up from where you left off the next time you put it in.
These technological additions should certainly help to enhance the Blu-ray experience. Hopefully, other studios will follow suit.