According to anonymous film industry insiders Apple has been asking studios to include iPod video content on Blu-ray discs.
Though movies on Blu-ray discs are expected to start shipping next month and a large screen iPod is still probably months away, Apple wants to make sure that when their next-generation iPod is released it will have a sufficient library of playable content already available for customers to watch.
And Apple could be in a strong position to make their wish a reality. Already in the Blu-ray camp are Sony, who Apple have been working with closely of late with regard to its HD cameras; and Disney, who have been close partners of Steve Jobs’ Pixar.
No details are available of the resolution of the video content Apple wants included but it is likely they will at first match that of the current high-end iPods. With 50GBs of space available on Blu-ray discs there should be no problem at all including full-length movies for iPods.
With video rental chain Blockbuster expected to stock Blu-ray discs from the summer Apple could dominate the portable video market that hitherto has seen companies such as Microsoft and Archos struggle to achieve significant success.