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Blu-ray Celebrates a Decade

Grab a big bowl of buttery popcorn, pop in your favorite movie and hop on the couch, because today marks the 10th anniversary of the Blu-ray disc.

On this date in 2006, the first Blu-ray discs landed on store shelves, beating the ill-fated rival HD-DVD format to market. Can you name some of the first flicks available? This link has the answer.

Blu-ray transformed the home theater experience by bringing stunning, high-definition movies to the comfort of our living rooms for the first time. (Yes, there was a time when our TV was HD but our DVDs weren’t. Gasp!)

Blu-ray adoption has become widespread in recent years, as prices have come down. The first set-top Blu-ray player, Samsung’s BD-P1000, retailed for $999, whereas you can buy a Samsung Blu-ray player for just $54.99 this week on . In fact, the format has become so commonplace that many computers and the latest gaming consoles also have built-in Blu-ray players.

Now there’s even a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that allows you to maximize the picture quality of your awesome new 4K TV. And there are dozens of movies already available including The Revenant, Deadpool and Mad Max.

So, to celebrate the anniversary, throw in a Blu-ray movie tonight — or, better yet, throw in an old, standard-definition DVD as a reminder of just how far home theater technology has come.

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