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Mass Blu-ray storage finally on the way

Both the HD-DVD and Blu-ray standard have been going through a few whirlwinds as of late. Blu-ray itself has been seeing delays one after another. Sony's PlayStation 3 console has been pushed back several times due to Blu-ray issues that Sony itself is an inventor of -- although the company is no stranger to proprietary format issues.

BenQ however, has announced that it is going forward with its plans to release a Blu-ray burner within the year. The device will jump ahead of other Blu-ray drives that will be read-only at the beginning. The standard for writable Blu-ray discs were hashed out when the original specification was drafted by Sony, but as with previous optical standards such as DVD and CD, burners came after read-only drives. BenQ says that it already has working Blu-ray burner prototypes, and isn't far from an actual public release. According to a report on PCAdvisor:

"We have a prototype ready and we are going to ship [the product] before the end of the year. I believe eventually we will have to support both. Just look at the history of the DVD standard. DVD+, DVD-, DVD-RAM and eventually DVD Multi," said KY Lee, BenQ's chairman.

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By Garreye on 6/5/2006 12:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe BenQ Blu-ray burners will be cheaper than competing brand....They do tend to sell decent products at good prices so I hope there Blu-ray burner will be the same way

RE: Hopefully....
By thilanliyan on 6/5/2006 1:27:13 PM , Rating: 2
THat's very true. I got one of their 822 burners a couple of years ago and it worked very well...especially with BenQ discs. Had maybe 10 coasters out of like 200 discs that I burned and that was mostly something going wrong with Windows.

RE: Hopefully....
By kknd1967 on 6/5/2006 2:04:47 PM , Rating: 2
I thought they opt out optical storage. Sold the department to Lite-on. Or this is just about DVDRW segment?

No dirrr
By Trisped on 6/6/2006 2:20:11 PM , Rating: 2
I believe eventually we will have to support both
I could have told you that months ago. The easiest solution for everyone is to build a drive with both in it. Then you sell players that will use this drive to play back both, so you can charge $2000 for it and users can buy what ever they want. This will aliviate the only major difference between the two formats (except price).

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