Don’t Hold Your Breath – Blu-ray Discs Shall Remain 50GB

Posted Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 07:00 AM PDT by Mike Attebery

The Blu-ray Disc Association doesn’t want you getting too excited about the announcements made in the last few days from the likes of TDK. Though, 320GB discs are possible, we won’t be seeing them used commercially.

VP of communications for the Blu-ray Disc Association Andy Parsons compared the issue to that of VHS tapes. In the early days of the VCR, the only option for viewing was the two hour SP mode, and while blank tapes were able to be recorded in a variety of standards, commercial releases remained almost exclusively in the highly compatible SP mode.

While certainly manufactures and consumers would both benefit from the newly announced 320GB capacity, Parsons says that too many Blu-ray players just wouldn’t be able to handle it. “This is because player manufacturers design players to meet published specifications that define maximum media capacity, which in the case of Blu-ray Disc, is 50GB on two-layer media.”

For now, it looks like those dreams of enjoying full seasons of television on a single disc or being able to watch the entire Star Wars series without having to move a finger will have to wait.

Source: Home Media Magazine

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