MEDIA MAKER Verbatim has announced that it will be shipping dual-layer rewritable Blu-ray discs.
Verbatim says the 50GB discs are designed specifically for high definition video and audio, though it's hard to see why anyone couldn't store other types of data on them. Verbatim's dual-layer disc is coated with the firm's Hardcoat coating, which it claims gives discs better scratch resistance.
Verbatim says that its rewritable Blu-ray disc can support up to 1,000 write cycles and is readable by most Blu-ray players on the market.
Blu-ray rewritable discs could well become a useful and cost effective backup media, however at present few drives that support rewriting exist, and ones that do are expensive. However, like the drives, dual-layer Blu-ray rewritable discs do not appear to be a good value backup solution, with TDK's 50GB rewritable discs selling for over £20 apiece. To put that into perspective, a 1TB hard drive can be had for less than £40.
Verbatim will be selling its dual-layer rewritable Blu-ray media in single packs though it did not disclose pricing. Expect it to be around the same price as TDK's offering until less well known media manufacturers tip up. µ
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