Friday, July 16th 2010

Sharp to Introduce VR-100BR1 Triple-Layer Blu-ray Disc Media

Sharp Corporation will introduce the VR-100BR1 triple-layer Blu-ray Disc media (writeonce) that conforms to the BDXL format specification, the new multi-layer recordable Blu-ray Disc format, a world first. These new Blu-ray Discs will be available in Japan beginning July 30, 2010.

This disc media product conforms to the new BDXL format specification that extends the storage capacity of Blu-ray Discs to 100GB, twice the 50GB storage capacity of existing dual-layer discs. This new format enables recording approximately 12 hours of terrestrial digital TV broadcasts or approximately 8.6 hours of BS digital TV broadcasts. It expands the range of applications for Blu-ray Discs to include recording and saving long-duration HDTV programs or multiple episodes of serial dramas onto a single disc with the same high-definition image quality as the original.

Major Features
1. World's first triple-layer Blu-ray Disc media featuring large 100GB recording storage capacity.
This disc media is the first in the world to conform to the new BDXL(TM) format specification that extends the storage capacity of Blu-ray Discs by increasing the number of recording layers. The dual-layer structure used up to now has been augmented with an additional layer where image data can be recorded to create a new triple-layer structure. This design doubles the recording storage capacity (to 100GB) compared to existing duallayer discs (50GB). This makes it possible to record approximately 12 hours of terrestrial digital TV broadcasts or approximately 8.6 hours of BS digital TV broadcasts in DR mode (recorded with the image quality exactly as broadcast), or store other long-duration video content, all on a single disc, while preserving the same high-definition image quality of the original.

2. "Hard coat" process provides peace of mind for users by protecting important video data from scratches and fingerprint contamination.
A "hard coat" process applied to the disc surface forms a protective barrier coating to protect stored data from scratches and dirt that may cause read and write errors.

3. Users can print directly on discs down to 24 mm inner diameter.
Wide print area of 24 mm inner diameter and 118 mm outer diameter for disc labeling. In addition to enabling vivid color labeling to be printed over nearly the entire disc, oilbased or water-based marker pens can be used to hand-write labels on these discs.

Product name: Triple-layer Blu-ray Disc media for video recording
Format: BD-R (write-once)
Model name: VR-100BR1
Storage capacity: 100GB
Recording time: Approximately 720 minutes for terrestrial digital broadcasting;
approximately 520 minutes for BS digital broadcasting
Packaging: Single-disc
Introduction: Japan July 30, 2010Source: Akihabara News
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16 Comments on Sharp to Introduce VR-100BR1 Triple-Layer Blu-ray Disc Media

#2
Breathless
"BS digital TV broadcasts"

Thats pretty harsh! Why you hatin on digital TV broadcasts?;)
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#3
kylzer
Pretty awesome I must get some.
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link2009
by: kylzer
Pretty awesome I must get some.
I would advise you don't do that. As Engadget points out, the cost of the disc will be $57 MSRP or 5,000 Yen.

For that price, it's worth streaming your movie / music from a PMP, a HTPC or through the network rather than paying the premium for a higher capacity disk.

Hard disks have only been getting cheaper and methods of reading data from them have only gotten more versatile.

I personally do not think these discs bring anything exciting or worthwhile in the data industry (except that you can claim you've stored 100 GB of data on a single disc).

I'm still a strong believer that it's easier to scratch or break a disk rather than a solid state hard disk.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/16/sharp-intros-first-100gb-bdxl-discs-japan-gets-first-dibs-on-ju/
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#5
kylzer
by: link2009
I would advise you don't do that. As Engadget points out, the cost of the disc will be $57 MSRP or 5,000 Yen.

For that price, it's worth streaming your movie / music from a PMP, a HTPC or through the network rather than paying the premium for a higher capacity disk.

Hard disks have only been getting cheaper and methods of reading data from them have only gotten more versatile.

I personally do not think these discs bring anything exciting or worthwhile in the data industry (except that you can claim you've stored 100 GB of data on a single disc).

I'm still a strong believer that it's easier to scratch or break a disk rather than a solid state hard disk.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/16/sharp-intros-first-100gb-bdxl-discs-japan-gets-first-dibs-on-ju/
sarcasm my friend

but yeh your completely correct :toast:
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#6
buggalugs
by: link2009
I would advise you don't do that. As Engadget points out, the cost of the disc will be $57 MSRP or 5,000 Yen.

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LOL, Something is wrong when you can buy a mechanical HD with a bigger capacity cheaper than a plastic disc.
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#7
link2009
by: kylzer
sarcasm my friend

but yeh your completely correct :toast:
Well, that one flew right over my head.

I still wouldn't buy these discs :roll:
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#8
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: xmountainxlionx
this is what I though I saw at first. :laugh:
omg i saw the same thing.

and yea sure cheaper to just buy a mechanical hdd but remember it comes down to personal preference. you buy 100 gig discs to mass back up storage of your existing hdds. so it really is not for personal use. i am not sure why anyone would buy it. but it comes in handy for portability and we all don't want to look like nerds carrying around portable hard drives.
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#9
ahmedz_1991
well i don't know about that is it really useful????:wtf:
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#10
scaminatrix
Thanks btarunr, one step closer to this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_Versatile_Disc

Can't wait :laugh:

CD-R's were about $30 per disk in 1994; now I buy my CD-R's from ASDA, I think they're £4 for 10 with a Lifetime Guarantee! Just found out from Wiki that ASDA's own CD's are made by the same manufacturer that supply Verbatim.
I think these Triple Layer BD-R discs will drop in price relatively quick after other manufacturers get on it.

by: ahmedz_1991
well i don't know about that is it really useful????:wtf:
I know, imagine putting all your music, pictures and videos on there and it gets scratched. Even if only a couple of pictures are affected, and you've got it all backed up elsewhere, it's like "ugh might aswell start again".
On the flip side, these discs could be useful for someone who wants to do a big backup of say, 10 years worth of pics and vids of their kids, and then putting it in a safe deposit box in case of a house fire, etc.
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#11
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
That is my line of thinking. Making backups of my HDDs. Keeping the discs safe. A lot better than having 5 hdds as backups.
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#12

Is it me or this disk is useless for average Joe, since the price of 1 disk will be probably as high as a 32GB flash??
#13
Mussels
Moderprator
by: TAViX
Is it me or this disk is useless for average Joe, since the price of 1 disk will be probably as high as a 32GB flash??
never mind the new BD drive you need to read/write them...
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#14

anyone know if you can slap a firmware upgrade on recent (within past year) BR drives to get BDXL compatibility?
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Mussels
Moderprator
by: twilyth
anyone know if you can slap a firmware upgrade on recent (within past year) BR drives to get BDXL compatibility?
from what i read, no. entirely new hardware required.
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#16
dr emulator (madmax)
by: Mussels
from what i read, no. entirely new hardware required.
:eek: :cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::twitch:
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