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22 May, 2009

Blu-Ray loads a lot slower than DVD!

Posted by: Kristian In: Gadgets|Technology

panasonic-blu-rayI recently bought a Panasonic DMP-BD605 Blu-Ray player. When I tried to play a Blu-Ray movie, I found that it loads a lot slower than DVD! Some google searches reveal that slow loading is a common problem amongst Blu-Ray players. The quickest Blu-Ray player happens to be the PlayStation 3.

The following video demonstrates how long it takes to load a disc and navigate to the main menu, using a regular DVD and a Blu-Ray disc. I used a Panasonic DMP-BD605 with firmware version 1.5 and Quickstart enabled

Here are the summarized results :

Load Times (min:sec)
Initial load Go to Top Menu
DVD 0:31 0:06
Blu-Ray 1:10 1:03

As you can see, the Blu-Ray takes more than twice to initially load a disc versus a DVD. What’s worse, navigating to the Top menu takes over 10 times longer on a Blu-Ray disc versus a DVD. I cannot believe that people tolerate this kind of latency when they are used to the shorter times on a DVD. It gets to a point that it is way too slow for my taste and I am seriously considering to return this Blu-Ray player.

The picture quality of Blu-Ray is unmatched for sure, but I’ll be happy to wait a few more years until load times become more acceptable.


2 Responses to "Blu-Ray loads a lot slower than DVD!"

2 | Kristian

May 22nd, 2009 at 6:16 pm


These tests were done with Quick Start mode enabled. Quick Start only helps with bootup time, but not in loading the disc once the player has booted up.

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My name is Kristian Widjaja and I am married to my beautiful wife, Yuliany Widjaja. We have two kids who keep us busy at all times!

I have started this blog, primarily to jot down random thoughts that I have, as well as to document some interesting projects that I have done around the home.