Sony ships Blu-ray discs in Europe

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Sony Europe’s Recording Media & Energy (RME) division has announced that it will begin shipping rewriteable Blu-ray Discs in Europe this month, with recordable discs appearing in April. However, dual-layer discs will not be available until later in the year, the company added.

The initial discs will each provide 25GB of storage capacity (more than five times that of a normal DVD) and run at 2x speeds – a transfer rate of 72Mbps, Sony said. The two media are sprayed with a scratch-resistant, anti-static coating. Sony claims its own tests forecast a lifespan of 30 years for the discs.

Sony said the BD-R discs will cost less than 25 Euros (£17) and the BD-RE under 30 Euros (£21). However, it’s worth noting that these prices are for ther German market – Sony has warned that prices may differ in other countries.

Via The Register

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