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A more cost effective Blu-Ray disc recorder

Sony has released its BWU-100A Blu-ray disc drive for computer systems. The BWU-100A is a standard 5.25" PATA disc drive with playback and recording support for Blu-ray discs. Playback of Blu-ray movies will be supported with the BWU-100A, however, an HDCP compliant graphics card and display is required to playback protected AACS content. A high definition display is also required to experience the full 1080 lines of high definition goodness.

The BWU-100A is a multi-format disc drive that supports recording to Blu-ray, DVD-R, DVD+R and CD-R/RW discs. Blu-ray discs up to 50GB are supported with the BWU-100A. Sony claims a 50GB Blu-ray disc can accommodate approximately 4 hours of 1080i video. Recording speeds of up to 2x are supported with Blu-ray media which is typical for a first generation drive. DVD recording is limited to a maximum of 8x with DVD+R and DVD-R media while CD recording is limited to a maximum speed of 24x.

Pricing for the BWU-100A will be around $749 which is a little less than the recently announced BenQ BW1000, LG GBW-H10N and Pioneer BDR-101A. Sony BWU-100A Blu-ray recorders will be available starting late July to make use of the previously announced TDK Blu-ray media.



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RE: getting cheaper...
By bob661 on 7/18/2006 7:18:49 PM , Rating: 2
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however, an HDCP compliant graphics card and display is required to playback protected AACS content. A high definition display is also required to experience the full 1080 lines of high definition goodness.
Doesn't matter what price this is because who can use it at this moment?


RE: getting cheaper...
By masher2 (blog) on 7/18/2006 7:28:51 PM , Rating: 2
> "who can use it at this moment? "

For a recorder, it makes sense that the target audience is those primarily looking to record ...not playback prerecorded movies.. I recognize your desire to strike a blow against HDCP, but its really not that large an issue for this particular device.


RE: getting cheaper...
By WarlordBB on 7/18/2006 11:13:15 PM , Rating: 2
A. Go look up a Sapphire Model 100167L video card at the Egg. I've got one ordered and it will be here Thursday. HDCP compliant graphics card with HDMI out. :)

B. Although I'm bummed my Dell 2405 won't work with this drive because it's not HDCP compliant, my Westinghouse 42" 1080p monitor is. This is a great alternative to those of us who were thinking about spending $1,000 for the BR Player. Now I can have my BR in my HTPC too!

I just wish current BR discs didn't suck in comparison to HD-DVD but that's okay with me cause I got my XA1 player for that.

This new drive from Sony will tide me over till I can get a combo flava drive and replace it and my XA1.

That's just my plan and MHO.


RE: getting cheaper...
By KashGarinn on 7/19/2006 10:25:53 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry.. HDCP will take a long time to be accepted as a standard, mainly because today, people aren't HDCP compliant.. and what do people who aren't HDCP compliant do? They find a solution to go around the HDCP compliancy, (and yes, there will be solutions to ignore HDCP) thus the need to upgrade to a new standard will not be there.

That means the trickle-down effect of HDCP will take YEARS, instead of months.. seriously, does anyone think that the managers didn't drool over the sales they'd make on people having to buy HDCP compliant crap?

They probably think that it'll mean everyone will flock to the stores and buy HDCP compliant crap, and get them lots $$$, but hell no, that won't happen. what people have already bought they look upon as valuable investments, and depending on their own relative need and standards, their equipment today (wheter it be 2 weeks old or 6 years old) is what they use today to watch stuff.

There will be a solution which ignores HDCP, that means the refresh factor of good will take years before majority will have HDCP compliant products, and meanwhile the industrial pirating will flourish because they'll give you the chance to buy movies with HDTV quality without the HDCP crap on the equipment you got today, giving the consumer the most freedom, and that's something a legit consumer always wants and never says no to.

.. so the normal consumer who wants to buy it legitimately, loses out because he both pays for this hdcp crap as well as be severely limited to where he can watch things with hdcp.

So no one wins.. the executives who thought this up won't win, because it will not push people to refresh their equipment like they want.. it will only push people into finding solutions which work on the valuable investments they've already payed for which isn't hdcp ready.

So.. whoever thought this HDCP crap up... if you happen know him personally, can you spit in his coffee for me?

K.


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