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128GB BDXL Blu-ray Disc Specification Finalized

With 2TB hard drives floating around, the once-impressive 50GB that a dual Blu-ray Disc can hold isn't so impressive anymore. To make things bigger, the Blu-ray Disc Association decided that it was time to add more layers and call the new standard BDXL – which is now finalized and official.

With the completion and approval of the specification, manufacturers can now obtain licensing information and license applications needed to begin production of the high capacity write-once and rewritable discs and hardware. Because the new media specifications are extensions of current Blu-ray Disc technologies, future BDXL capable recorders can easily be designed to play back existing 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray Disc formats, but current laser hardware aren't compatible with the newer media.

Targeted primarily at commercial segments such as broadcasting, medical and document imaging enterprises with significant archiving needs, BDXL provides customers with triple layer 100GB RE (rewritable) and R (write-once) discs and quadruple layer 128GB R discs. Possible consumer applications include capture and playback of HD broadcast and satellite programming in markets where set-top recorders are prevalent.

"The BDA worked diligently to create an extension of the Blu-ray Disc format that leverages the physical structure of the design of the disc to create even more storage capacity," said Victor Matsuda, Blu-ray Disc Association Global Promotions Committee chair. "By using the existing Blu-ray technologies, we have created a long-term and stable solution for archiving large amounts of sensitive data, video and graphic images. We expect further growth of the Blu-ray Disc market as the introduction of 100GB/128GB discs will expand the application of Blu-ray Disc technologies."

  • asdf634
    I'm sorry, where's the article? I can only see the girl...

    Seriously though, not compatible with current players? No thanks.

    ...unless it's cheap (or comes with the girl)
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  • babachoo
    PS4 will probably have BDXL and Xbox720 will probably feature some crappy BDXL cloned format that only lasts 3 months, kinda like PS3 BD versus Xbox 360 and its HD-DVD. Personally I think 128GB is impressive. And let's compare the cost of a single BDXL disc to a 128GB flash drive. __-_-_-__ seems to think that this will fail and that a 128GB flash drive would somehow be cheaper than a cheap disc. I think he's insane.
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  • walt526
    How long would it take to write 128GB worth of data onto a BR compared to an hard drive? That would seem to be the biggest obstacle to them being used in data archiving.
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  • babachoo
    9218328 said:
    How long would it take to write 128GB worth of data onto a BR compared to an hard drive? That would seem to be the biggest obstacle to them being used in data archiving.

    That's why people use external HDD's and RAID for data backup. You wouldn't back up your 1TB hard drive with dvds or blurays, but you could certainly pack some movies onto them and take them around with you or share them.
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  • Parsian
    Still the Blu Ray disks/Writers are expensive... I am young but did it take this long for DVD writers to drop in price?
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  • babachoo
    9218330 said:
    Still the Blu Ray disks/Writers are expensive... I am young but did it take this long for DVD writers to drop in price?

    Bluray writers are pretty much just now hitting the market. But they've already dropped in price quite a bit.
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  • nxym
    expense is not the problem. if bdxl is not compatible with the current hardware, are we to just throw the current players to the dustbin for the sake of bdxl compatible players
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  • matt87_50
    oh thank god! for a second there I was afraid I'd have to split my porn collection across TWO disks!!

    "Because the new media specifications are extensions of current Blu-ray Disc technologies, future BDXL capable recorders can easily be designed to play back existing 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray Disc formats, but current laser hardware aren't compatible with the newer media."

    so effectively, this format is as different from original BD as BD is from dvd...

    I guess they are trying to make it seem like they are the same so as to not look like they are introducing yet another impractical and obsolete laser disk media, when real time read AND write, high capacity AND higher density hdd are available, almost certainly FOR CHEAPER per gigabyte than these use once disks.


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  • Pyroflea
    I think in order for it to catch on it would have had to be compatible with current devices. Still pretty cool that they can squeeze that much data onto a single BL Disk.
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  • xxyyzz
    REALLY?
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