Posted Mon Jul 19, 2010 at 07:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
Japanese consumers will be able to record on discs of up to 128GB in capacity.
Blu-ray recording never really took off here in the States. We tend to prefer a more strictly digital format for our backups, but in Japan, Blu-ray recorders are huge. Equally huge is the amount of storage space on Sharp's new BDXLs.
We've talked about the BDXL before, but the triple-layer discs are finally here. Sharp officially launched the new discs commercially today at a price of $55 each. It's a lot to shell out for a single disc, but it can store an absolutely crazy amount of data for playback.
It'd be a bit pointless without something to use it with though, which is why Sharp released a pair of Blu-ray recorders capable of handling not only BDXL discs, but 3D Blu-rays as well. They don't come cheap though, or even close to it.
The BD-HDW70 sports a built in terabyte hard drive and sells for the equivalent of $2,300. The BD-HDW700 sports 2TB of hard drive space and a $3,500 price point.Source: CrunchGear
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