updated 11:20 am EDT, Wed August 16, 2006
Sony 50GB Blu-Ray Discs
Just a day after Memorex began shipping the first recordable HD DVD discs to stores, Sony has countered with an increase in the capacity of Blu-Ray media. The company announced today that it has begun shipping the very first dual-layer, 50GB Blu-Ray discs in the US. While they are write-once discs and can burn at a maximum 2X speed, the capacity allows for massive quantities of data: Sony claims that 4 hours of HD video will fit on a single disc. Pricing is in line with the costly earlier releases of single-layer 25GB media by Sony and other manufacturers: expect to pay roughly $1 per gigabyte, or about $48 for an individual 50GB disc.