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Ritek ramps up BD-R production

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 14 Aug 2008 0:08 User comments (8)

Ritek ramps up BD-R production Citing increased demand from previous clients, Ritek of Taiwan has announced they will be doubling their monthly production output for BD-R (Blu-ray recordable) discs. An existing DVD production line will be upgraded and refitted to Blu-ray manufacturing for the expansion.
The new line will hit volume production by the end of the Q3 2008 and the new line will add a monthly capacity of 250,000 BD-R discs, double current max production.

Ritek added that most of the increased demand could be attributed to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and that the company even plans to add a third line by the end of 2008, ramping up production to 750,000 discs per month.

For the first six months of 2008, Ritek's market share of the global output of blank BD-R and BD-RE was 15.3%, in fourth place behind Sony at 20.7%, Panasonic at 24.7% and the leader TDK at 28.7%.

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8 user comments

114.8.2008 1:18

Thats interesting, but also no chance in hell it has anything to do with the Olympics. i think this move came from above, hopefully this well flood the market driving down the cost of blank blue-ray media.

and with cheaper blank blue-ray media one could hope it will alleviate the argument that "blue ray is useless the blur-ray media is too expensive" at Afterdawn.com

We can hope right?

214.8.2008 3:31

true, one can hope, but i can only imagine...hardcore hd-dvd clingers will never stop bashing blu-ray...well maybe once blu-ray meets the same outcome that is soon to come of dvd...and its predecessor vhs.

314.8.2008 8:16
susieqbbb
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Great but even if you increase blu-ray recordable media output the drives are still to expensive for anyone to afford why spend 200.00 for a blu-ray recorder then spend 19.99 per disk for a blu-ray disk i am sorry to say say i can get 100 DVD-R's for 14.99 and a drive for 50.00 if blu-ray cannot make it cheaper not interrested.

414.8.2008 11:20

the hell man, the burners are now the same price as the first DVD burners the price will drop. just not as fast as people like its not even a matured technology yet.

DVD has been around since 1995 thats 12 years man, and its not going any where anytime soon.

514.8.2008 14:31

Originally posted by DXR88:
the hell man, the burners are now the same price as the first DVD burners the price will drop. just not as fast as people like its not even a matured technology yet.

DVD has been around since 1995 thats 12 years man, and its not going any where anytime soon.
In terms of soon i had not meant tomorrow or a month from now, i had meant more like within the next 2-3 years

and to add to your first paragraph, a blu-ray rom drive is only $100...proof, newegg it.

614.8.2008 19:08

Quote:

In terms of soon i had not meant tomorrow or a month from now, i had meant more like within the next 2-3 years

and to add to your first paragraph, a blu-ray rom drive is only $100...proof, newegg it.
i wasn't directing it at you i was commenting to susieqbbb's post.

715.8.2008 2:32
1bonehead
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So how much for a blank ???


The BPI Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, EMI.
The RIAA Soundexchange Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, EMI.
The IFPI Are: The same anti consumer lot as listed above!
The MPAA Are: SONY, UNIVERSAL, WARNER GROUP, DISNEY, PARAMOUNT, FOX.

815.8.2008 2:46

Originally posted by susieqbbb:
Great but even if you increase blu-ray recordable media output the drives are still to expensive for anyone to afford why spend 200.00 for a blu-ray recorder then spend 19.99 per disk for a blu-ray disk i am sorry to say say i can get 100 DVD-R's for 14.99 and a drive for 50.00 if blu-ray cannot make it cheaper not interrested.
history is merely repeating itself, it is the same situation with blu-ray as it was when dvd first came out, and we can all see how awful dvd has done...

just like the conversion from vhs to dvd...the conversion from dvd to blu-ray has begun

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DXR88 (Member) 14 August 2008 18:08 _

Quote:
In terms of soon i had not meant tomorrow or a month from now, i had meant more like within the next 2-3 years

and to add to your first paragraph, a blu-ray rom drive is only $100...proof, newegg it.

i wasn't directing it at you i was commenting to susieqbbb's post.
my bad, the second paragraph threw me off

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