Sony Europe has revealed that the company’s much anticipated Blu-ray Disc media will ship in Europe later this month.
Sony says single-layer BD-RE (Blu-ray Disc Rewritable) media will be available in stores from mid March while single-layer write-once BD-R (Blu-ray Disc Recordable) media will be available from April. Sony is also set to launch dual layer discs later this year.
Boasting a storage capacity of 25GB, more than five times that of a normal DVD and enough for approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes of video at a bit rate of 24Mbps, Sony claims the single discs will deliver high definition entertainment experiences and the highest capacity PC data storage of any optical format.
Fritz Handtke, marketing and operations director, Sony RME, said, Sony is strongly positioned to offer customers an all-embracing, high-definition experience as a result of pioneering activity in the high definition world. Our range of integrated high definition equipment, including camcorders, VAIO PCs, televisions and projectors, already covers everything from source to output.