128GB BDXL Blu-ray Specifications Approved

Posted Mon Jun 28, 2010 at 06:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward

The new standard greatly expands Blu-ray capacity, but probably won't hit the video market.

Remember back when Blu-ray discs first hit and we were blown away by the capacity? In 2010, 50 gigabyte capacity isn't quite as impressive as it once was, but the folks at the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) are always looking for ways to improve and innovate.

The latest from the BDA is the approval of triple and quad layer discs that boast extreme amounts of storage space.

Triple layer discs will offer 100 gigs of space with the added bonus of being rewritable again and again. Quad layer discs lose the rewrite feature but get another 28GB bringing the total up to 128.

The downside is that your current Blu-ray drive can't handle the new discs – you'll have to upgrade. When it comes to Blu-ray players though, you probably won't have to worry. The BDA says that the new standards are designed for data storage, not for video playback.

Source: Business Wire

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