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The Pioneer BDR-101A Blu-ray recorder
$1000 burning a hole in your pocket?

For those who cannot wait to get on the Blu-ray train, Pioneer's BDR-101A PC Blu-ray recorder is just starting to trickle into the retail channel.  Tiger Direct has just listed the BDR-101A for sale at a mere $999.99.  Many analysts had speculated that Pioneer would drop the price of the BDR-101A significantly after NEC and Toshiba both announced PC HD-DVD recorders for under $500. 

The HD-DVD camp currently does not have a recordable device, nor media, but Toshiba currently has the only next-generation set top player available on the retail market, the HD-DVD Toshiba HD-A1 -- though the Sony Blu-ray BDP-S1 player is also expected to show up at your local Fry's, eventually.

Pioneer announced the device several months ago at the Consumer Electronics Expo 2006 in Las Vegas.  Recordable media was announced a few weeks ago, with single layer 25GB once-recordable discs checking in at $48, and re-recordable discs coming in at $60.

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By DigitalFreak on 5/18/2006 8:08:11 AM , Rating: 2
So where are the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD PC drives (players, not burners)?

RE: Players
By THEREALJMAN73 on 5/18/2006 10:07:19 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah for real - I want a CD/DVD/BR/HD-DVD reader like ASAP. I can wait for the writer when they cost 50 bucks.

Even at 50 gigs I find that amount of data you can write to a single disk too small. When I can burn 200-300gig on a single disk I will be excited. Until then I will keep building my hard drive farm (3.1 TB and growing).

RE: Players
By BillyBatson on 5/18/2006 10:38:31 AM , Rating: 2
by that time i no longer think you will be impressed as file sizes would have grown as well and the ratio will once agian normalize to around what it is now

RE: Players
By DigitalFreak on 5/18/2006 11:23:27 AM , Rating: 2
I could give 2 shits about burning when the media costs as much as it does... :-)

RE: Players
By bldckstark on 5/18/2006 1:20:03 PM , Rating: 2
Why would the HD-DVD be the most cost prohibitive if it is the least expensive of the two? Especially if my TV doesn't support Blu-Ray's 1080p?

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