Are Blu-ray Discs blossoming up in size? That's the latest word on the
street! We have heard of BD discs getting theoretical boosts in
laboratories, but it's still a 50GB maximum when it comes time to find
one in the store. But now, a report from Japan stated that Panasonic is
planning to release a 100GB rewritable Blu-ray Disc that's actually
compatible with the existing BD-rewritable format that already exists.
The trick is that the disc will be a single-sided three-lay disc, rather
than dual-layer. Throwing a whole extra layer in definitely enables
much more space to be addressed.
Panasonic claims that this is the world's first BD-RW with a capacity of
100GB, with the new disc having a 2x record speed and able to hold
around 12 hours of digital TV. Consumers will need to pick up a BDXL
recorder in order to take advantage, and there's just no telling how
awfully expensive these will be when they eventually ship. Even the 50GB
discs are wildly expensive now...care to hazard a guess on these?