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First Rewritable Blu-ray XL Disc Shipping This Month

David Gilbert


First Rewritable Blu-ray XL Disc Shipping This Month

The speed of progress in the world of technology can at times be bewildering – in good and bad ways. While it seems as if technology is constantly changing at rapid speeds, in some areas it takes what feels like an eternity to go from announcing a new technology to getting our hands on it.

It is incredible to think that it was six years ago that Toshiba first announced a 100GB Blu-ray disc and a whole year since the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced the official BDXL 128GB read-only and 100GB rewritable standards. Yet only now are we going to see the first 100GB rewritable BDXL disc going on sale. Panasonic has announced its new triple layer BD-RE XL discs which will go on sale in Japan from 15 April for 10,000 yen (£75). The snappily titled LM-BE100Js will be the world’s first rewritable Blu-ray discs and will offer a viable alternative to a HDD for the first time.

However you will need newer hardware in order to write to these BDXL discs, as the manufacturing process (which combines a single BD-ROM layer and a single BD-RE layer of 25GB, which are then doubled up) is incompatible with the lasers in most Blu-ray players. We saw the world’s first BDXL writer in the shape of the Pioneer DBC-206MBK last December and Buffalo and Plextor have since brought their own compatible drives to the table.

When Panasonic’s BD-RE XL discs will be available in this part of the world is unknown but at least they are finally available somewhere and we hope we won’t have to wait too long to get our hands on them.

Source: Engadget


April 4, 2011, 8:02 pm

"The snappily titled LM-BE100Js will be the world’s first rewritable Blu-ray discs and will offer a viable alternative to a HDD for the first time."

You sure about that? http://www.overclockers.co.... ;p

I can remember when I was excited by the prospect of rewritable BR disc's. Now I wouldn't even consider it.


April 4, 2011, 8:54 pm

"offer a viable alternative to a HDD for the first time" - are we in a time warp here?

Ring-ring....'Hello, 2008 would like it's discs back please'.


April 4, 2011, 9:10 pm

Don't discs look like the floppy discs of old? Very round and flimsy. We need a storage device that can easily be used with players and is more robust in both shape and construction. Hmm... memory sticks?


April 4, 2011, 9:26 pm

Obviously Panasonic didn't read or heed my post on the obsolescence of the optical disc technology and the obviating of card readers on tvs, pcs etc. @Runadumb post perhaps shows they don't do much market research either. What did I say a few weeks ago about these corporate folks living in gilded ivory towers?

All that is required nowadays is SD-type cards and a USB card reader {I got mine for a £1.00 each the most I've seen priced at £5!!! depending on the brand name on it. I guess a Nike one would be £100!! ;-) } that converts into a USB stick (see http://www.expansys.com/zoo... )and up the data transfer rates to 50-100mbs.

It is clear from the pricing of SD cards, USB sticks and now this BD-RW disc that price is based in relation to HDD prices rather than what they actually cost+O/Head+reasonable profit margin.


April 4, 2011, 10:22 pm

all sounds very nice but I'll stick to HDD's (and SSD's in future) with much more capacity and given appropriate iso writing and eSATA much more capacity and flexibility.

Personally I think discs such as these have a limited future, especially as the new iterations seem to need new hardware too. Too much of a gambled investment for yours truly!

Mike 39

April 4, 2011, 10:32 pm

It's all well and good bringing out all these wonderfully sounding recordable Blee Ray discs, but when are we going to see some decent Blue Ray recorders on sale in the UK?? I don't mean ones for computers, but devices like the HDD to record good old tv!I know Panasonic have produced some BL recorders with built in HDD's which is fine, but when are we going to see them being produced more mainstream, like we have BL players? I also really hope they don't just produce stuff with 3D in mind, becuase I still don't think it's going to last in this country, I think it's agimmick!Just please, let's concentrate on building a decent BL 2D recorder!

Neil B

April 5, 2011, 1:18 am

You'd have to have lots of faith in your recording device and software. £75 is a very expensive coaster!


April 5, 2011, 1:45 am

I imagine with all the million upon millions of dollars of investment in this, they felt obliged to bring something to market.

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