About a month ago, Pioneer announced that they had developed a 400GB Blu-ray Disc. Not satisfied that they had exhausted all avenues, they continued developed and found a way to add four additional layers, bringing the total disc capacity to 500GB. As with the 400GB version, the disc is compatible with current Blu-ray drives found in computers, players, and recorders.
Brendan Sheridan, Pioneer Multimedia Division Product Manager, commented, "While Blu-ray discs (BD), offering both 25GB and 50GB, are sufficient for users' current demands, we envision the need for a technology that can support far greater capacities as HD streaming in particular becomes commonplace and users build larger files of digital content. The multi-layered method is compatible with Blu-ray devices providing a long term future for the technology and is more easily produced when compared to competing technologies such as holographic storage."
Currently the disc only exists as an experiment, but Pioneer is working with the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) to make the method a standard of the format. It is expected - if approved - it will take between two and four years for the discs to hit the open market.
TAKE THAT HD-DVD!!!! Amazing, can't wait to start buying television series seasons on one
BD500! Ooooh, wonder if old George will put the entire Star Wars anthology on one disk??? LOL
greedy mo-fo better go ahead and release it while he can still charge by the disk. Lmao
This is a great boone for BD and the computing world especially ! We are watching this very closely! But as far as posting comments about HD-DVD (which is no longer in development at all ) - Let the dead R.I.P. it's not even an issue anymore. Let's make sure that we are up to task to completely enjoy this medium, and maintain equipment that truly shows what it can do hmmmm?
Are you kidding me? 500GB on one disc? I really hope the home video companies will embrace this for large projects and traditional multi disc presentations. Hell, this paves the way for home 2K presentations as well. BONUS!
This means little for consumer devices. The number of layers in a consumer blu ray disc will always be one or two. Even if some future profile upped the number of layers, they'd still have to ensure that at least one or two were readable by existing players.
Multi layer BDs are more likely to find use in vertical markets such as digital projection systems than in consumer kit.
I think we might want to keep expectations in check for a bit... first, 2 to 4 years for the technology, but those discs will have HUGE prices attached to them. This is a storage medium for large data archval first... I doubt we will see movie studios pushing a BD500 to us within 5 to 7 years... that only represents a 2 year wait after the media is ready. By then BD25's will be history and BD50 prices will be far lower than today. BD500 could have a huge impact to data processing first... movies much later.
I wonder if a HD movie was placed on a 500GB disk if the filmmakers would still make movie collections consist of multiple Blu-ray disks or if they will finially wake up and put everything on 1 single Blu-ray disk. I'd like to see the entire directors cut LOTR on 1 disk. No more loosing disk 3 of 4.
GASP! that is SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! i mean, you could put Hogan Knows Best season's 1-5 on that one disc! even better: Zoey 101 season's 1-7, or even more better: you could put every Drake and Josh episode ever made on Nickelodeon on that 1 disc and have a blast watching it in 1080P High definition!
"GASP! that is SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! i mean, you could put Hogan Knows Best season's 1-5 on that one disc! even better: Zoey 101 season's 1-7, or even more better: you could put every Drake and Josh episode ever made on Nickelodeon on that 1 disc and have a blast watching it in 1080P High definition!"
Could this size actually give us uncompressed video? Imagine an entire movie in 1080p with no
compression at all. I am not sure it is worth it, since compression is so good now.
Plus the gaming! Think about what kind of games would take up a 500GB disc! OMG. MGS4 eat
your heart out. This would outdo that by more than 10 fold!
Pioneer rocks! They truly are the Pioneers of technology, at least in this medium.
MSchinke took the words out of my mouth
Id like to fill my my Dual Apple 30s please.
Thatll be 5120x1900 pixels give or take
But seriously, with this in mind, BD can go further than what I mostly author on.
I already have clients asking if they can go higher than HD.
ok, hold the horses... how exactly is this compatible with current players? all current players? I sorta doubt that. Any explanation on how exactly this would be possible?
Don't get me wrong, 500GB per disc would be awesome, even 100GB per disc would be, but I just can't see how they can make current players suddenly be able to read more than 2 layers.
No! Uncompressed video is WAY processor intensive and will require a slightly faster read speed - to the tune of 248mbps or more.
Plus, an uncompressed video will require a bit more space than 500GB.
Been there, tried that - didn't work!
That is very very very very awesome! i would absolutely love if that 500GB blu-ray disc works on my Playstation 3 sucessfully! i mean, you could put all 80 episodes of Drake & Josh on that disc and that would just be plain awesome to have every Drake & Josh ever made on one single blu-ray disc! just think, no more waiting for "1-4" Drake & Josh episodes each day, you could have all them and choose which ever one you want on that single 500GB blu-ray disc!