Home Theater Systems: What Are Blu-ray Player Profiles?

Last Update Date : Apr 05. 2018

All Samsung Blu-ray Home Theater Players are Profile 2 players.

Blu-ray Disc Player Profiles

1.0 is the launch profile also known as the “Grace Period Profile” and “Initial Standard Profile”. 

Secondary audio and video decoders are optional, as is local storage and network connectivity.


1.1 previously known as "Final Standard Profile" or "BD Video Profile 1.1", 1.1 is a newer profile that requires players to have a secondary audio and video decoder to handle picture-in-picture, as well as at least 256MB of local storage for content.  Profile 1.1 players and movies may be marketed as “Bonus View”.

2.0 aka “BD Live” is the profile of the future, requiring the two secondary decoders, 1GB of local storage for updates and content, and an Internet connection.


Profile Requirements






Required Built in Storage




Required Local Storage




Secondary Audio Decoder




Secondary Video Decoder




Internet Connectivity




Virtual Package support for persistent memory




Related FAQ's:

Q:  Is my 1.0 player compatible with 1.1 and 2.0 discs?


        A:  Yes.  You will be able to view the movie and most special features with the exception of any feature or featurette that requires an internet connection or secondary audio/video decoders that your player is not equipped with.


Q: Can profiles be updated?


        A: If a Blu-ray player contains the hardware required to be a Profile 2 player (or 1.1), the profile may be upgraded with a manufacturer released firmware update. Samsung's BD-P1500 was released as a 1.1 player but with a firmware update became a Profile 2.  The BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 were also released as 1.1 players but later upgraded to Profile 2.  All 2009 models released are profile 2.0.


Q:  What is BD-J?


        A:  BD-J, or Blu-ray Disc Java, is the interactive platform supporting advanced content for Blu-ray Disc. BD-J allows bonus content on Blu-ray Disc titles to be far more sophisticated than bonus content provided by standard DVD, including network access, picture-in-picture and access to local storage. (Definition provided by Wikipedia.com)


Q:  Is BD-J a requirement for all Blu-ray players?


        A:  Yes, all three Blu-ray player profiles require BD-J support and will be capable of normal BD-J interactivity for menus and games.  Certain extras might require the player to be 1.1 or 2.0 (Bonus View or BD-Live) compliant if they require a feature such as Picture in Picture decoding or internet capability.

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