Blu-ray Disc licensing gets cheaper and easier

From a manufacturing standpoint, one of the banes of Blu-ray Disc's existence has long been the muddled licensing process. To incorporate the Blu-ray Disc format-as well as the CD and DVD formats-into a device, manufacturers have had to contact each format's patent holders to arrange for a license to include that format in their product. Now, however, Panasonic, Philips, and Sony have joined forces to create a consolidated process for licensing the formats in Blu-ray Disc products.

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