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First Rewritable Blu-ray XL Disc Shipping This Month

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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.
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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

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