Blu-ray Disc blank media hits U.S. shelves

“Blank optical disc manufacturers are rolling out the first generation of recordable and rewriteable Blu-ray Disc (BD) media in the United States, despite a lack of actual hardware on the market, giving the format an early step up on its rival technology, HD DVD. Anticipating the gradual arrival of a pipeline of high-definition recorder decks, camcorders and PCs with writeable BD drives, a few companies have begun shipping product, with others planning similar rollouts in the coming months. TDK was first to market last month when it began shipping single-layer recordable 25GB BD-R and rewriteable BD-RE blank discs, setting the retail pricing bar at $19.99 for BD–R and $24.99 for BD–RE. The discs are bare, cartridge-free media. A promotion with Pioneer will bundle TDK’s BD media with what Pioneer claims to be the first commercially available Blu-ray Disc writer available in the United States, the Pioneer BDR-101A internal drive for PCs… The company is planning a subsequent rollout of dual-layer 50GB BD-R and BD-RE media later this year. The discs will retail for $47.99 and $59.99, respectively,” John Laposky reports for TWICE.

“Hardware manufacturers who are backing the Blu-ray format include Bose, Hitachi, JVC, Kenwood, LG, Mitsubishi, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Thomson and Yamaha. PC suppliers Apple, Dell, HP and Levono (Thinkpad) are also in the Blu-ray camp,” Laposky reports. “Supporting the HD DVD format on the CE side is Sanyo, Toshiba and Thomson. PC and IT companies in the HD DVD camp include HP, Intel, Microsoft, NEC and Toshiba.”

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31 Comments

  1. Cool! Just what I needed, BluRay blank media. Now, all I need is some HD content for that media, and a way to burn that content on that media. But thank god the media is available.

  2. I hope Blu ray comes with some really sweet root kits. Sony also has such a great record for establishing new media formats such as beta, mini-disk, memory stick…

  3. Good, to bad there are know players or recorders available yet to even use them. So far there’s no standard, no players or recorders and obviously no planned roll out. Consumers are just confused and won’t buy any of it especially when it’s so expensive.

  4. “Hardware manufacturers who are backing the Blu-ray format include Bose, Hitachi, JVC, Kenwood, LG, Mitsubishi, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Thomson and Yamaha. PC suppliers Apple, Dell, HP and Levono (Thinkpad) are also in the Blu-ray camp,” Laposky reports. “Supporting the HD DVD format on the CE side is Sanyo, Toshiba and Thomson. PC and IT companies in the HD DVD camp include <b>HP<b>, Intel, Microsoft, NEC and Toshiba.”

    Looks like Hewlett-Packard made the cagey move. Heads I win, tails you lose.

  5. Whichever format is backwards compatible will win the standards war. Who the hell wants to throw out an existing collection of dvds. Computer companies can get away with treating their customers like rubbish but not in the home entertainment area. It’s not rocket science it’s just cold hard economics. But then again I can be more objective about this because I don’t own shares in comanies supporting either format.

  6. “Who the hell wants to throw out an existing collection of dvds?”

    Well, I could certainly toss out “Willow”, “Flashdance”, and “Spice World”.
    What was I thinking?

  7. Technology is moving way to fast. You know I still havn’t bought a DVD player yet. I was going to get a recordable one because they are so cheap now. But even that will be obsolete in 6 months. I wish I could sleep for ten years and wake up and see what’s ‘the latest’.

  8. Ampar,

    I should have been more specific…good quality dvds. However you do have a point. I can think of a dozen or so in my collection that should never have been released.

    Ian,

    An easy way around this dilemma is to buy a cheap dvd player or recorder and then see how latest standards war plays out.

    BR

  9. I have a QUESTION:

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    Mecrow$ost supports HD-DVD
    Intel supports HD-DVD

    HP supports Blue-Ray
    Dell supports Blue-Ray

    So what drive would HP/Dell come with when their system runs on intel/Mecrow$oft?

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    Answer, anyone?

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