No word yet of a US release, but Sony today announced it would roll out four new Blu-ray recorders this November in Japan.
Although DVD recorders still represent a relatively small percentage of overall set top DVD player sales (roughly 16% worldwide in 2006, according to In-Stat), they've been a rare growth area for electronics manufacturers over the last few years as standard DVD player sales have waned.
Sony says that the devices will be capable of storing up to 16 hours of high-definition programming on a dual-layer, 50-gigabyte (GB) Blu-ray disc.
The new recorders are the first from Sony to support dual-layer disc recording, although the company had released two single-layer Blu-ray recorders to the Japanese market in 2006.
The four new models will go on sale on November 8, with prices ranging from 140,000 to 180,000 Yen (roughly $1200 to $1700 US). For complete product details, click to view Sony's press release (PDF only).
As always, we'll let you know when/if any of these recorders are announced for the US.