Verbatim, one of the largest manufacturers of blank media, are displaying their latest discs at CES. Included in the selection are BD-R and BD-RE 50GB dual layered (DL) media, mini BD-R/RE for camcorders, and standard 25GB single layered (SL) BD-Rs and BD-REs.
Unlike blank CDs and SL DVD-Rs which are produced by other manufacturers, Verbatim produces all their BD media in house, as well as blank DVD DL media. Their video display is all about the Blu-ray Disc creation process…no other types of media was being highlighted (Verbatim has media for the competition as well). The BD media is created in Japan. Verbatim is proud of their protective spin coat plus the quality control that promises to reduce write errors and jitter.
As noted, Verbatim has introduced their entry into BD-50 DL media in both R and RE flavors, rated at 2x. Now that yields are increasing, they are working to introduce 4x rated media as soon as possible. This will allow DL media to be burned at the same speed as their newly introduced 4x SL R/RE discs. Verbatim feels that demand for BD writers will increase greatly as the $249 barrier is broken, and they plan to have media ready for that demand. Verbatim also works with partners like Sonic, Sony, and Adobe for Blu-ray authoring. They want people using those software packages and burning to Verbatim discs to have a smooth and simple an experience as possible.
Verbatim also doesn't expect future media like quad-layered or 200GB capacity Blu-ray burners to be a market reality before late 2009, but they will be ready to provide the media when it is needed.
Verbatim, Hitachi, TDK and other BD media manufacturers, please keep pushing the boundaries of Blu-ray technology... the sooner those higher capacities are mass-produced, the better it is for the consumers...
Well assuming the quad layer is 100 GB, that will be a nice addition to my computer. 200 GB too will
be a welcome addition. I only wish they were out now.
If I buy a new computer now with a 50 GB BD-burner, I suppose it can't be upgraded to the new 100
or 200 GB discs. I would have to buy a new drive altogether.
Now I will have to seriously think about what I want in a computer right now....
Its funny they still sell HD-DVD media I hope that changes soon. By pushing the boundaries of Blu-ray technology....... sooner. That will help bringing the price down. They make the best media for sure.
This is good news. I just bought a new computer w/ a BD burner in it. It should be here by friday. I am going to go shop around for some blank discs. I don't know what I will burn to them yet, buy I am going to love messing around with it.
I used to associate Verbatim with quality, until I went through 80 of their dual layer DVD-Rs. There was like a 40% coaster rate, even after buying a new dvd burner after going through the first 40 discs. Don't take my word for it though, go on Newegg.com and look up reviews for Verbatim dual layer recordables, where several other users report similar problems. Anyhow, the article says "Verbatim produces all their BD media in house, as well as blank DVD DL media," but the dual layers I got from Verbatim were made in india.