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Toshiba pushes 51GB HD DVD disc

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 27 Feb 2007 9:36 User comments (5)

Toshiba pushes 51GB HD DVD disc Even though the Blu-ray camp has already declared victory for itself and Sony's PS3 has been loosed in Japan and North America and with the highly-anticipated European launch less than a month away, Toshiba Corp. is sending a message that it is far from giving in to Blu-ray. Toshiba has submitted the specification of the 51GB HD DVD disc to the standard's overseer.
The 51GB capacity has been achieved by packing three layers into a disc that can store 17GB of data each. Toshiba has not proved the technical feasibility of the disc and there are no details on whether any currently available HD DVD hardware is "triple-layer-ready". Nevertheless, the company hopes to have the disc out in the wild by the end of the year.

Toshiba had talked about a triple layer 45GB disc back in May 2005, but by pushing capacity to 51GB the company may aim to get it out while Blu-ray dual-layer discs offer 50GB capacity. Of course, Blu-ray is not "stuck" at 50GB just as Toshiba is not stuck with 30GB, and a Blu-ray disc with 4 layers offers an impressive 100GB capacity. For now though, even HD DVD's 30GB capacity has been adequate for high-definition movie releases.

HD DVD's 3X DVD has also achieved considerable media attention lately considering the possibilities it offers; providing high-definition (720p) movies on a (DVD) disc that is cheap to produce and works with all HD DVD hardware. Blu-ray supporters can also be happy with the format outselling HD DVD since the PS3 launch. Right now though, both sides still have some price reductions to consider to open HD to a larger market.


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5 user comments

127.2.2007 9:48

having looked around a bit, im not sure why this news is really getting media attention right now considering they showed off the format over a month ago (we actually reported on it back then too) so unless I'm missing something, it seems some sources have gotten the dates wrong ;-) Either way, if you realised that this news is familiar then yes, you are right, it is ;-) sorry about that

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 01 Mar 2007 @ 19:39

227.2.2007 12:26

It was news to me buddy so all is not lost ;)

327.2.2007 12:50

The real news I want to hear about this is
1) whether it will apply to the coming HD-DVD PC burners and
2) what this means to existing hardware.

41.3.2007 5:55

51GB for a movie hmm.....
I guess the movie studios will have a field day putting in every deleted scene, director's comment, cast comments, construction crew comments, caterer's comments, all in 1024p. Either that or I can save every episode of Teletubbies AND Barney on one HD DVD. I'm glad I got my new high power shredder.

Sorry for the sarcasm folks.

51.3.2007 6:49

I've always wanted the caterer's thoughts on a film.

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