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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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By Nocturnal on 7/18/2006 7:46:17 PM , Rating: 2
I thought the disks weren't going to look like DVDs. Rather, I thought they were going to resemble DVD-RAM disks and PSP disks in which it's not just the disk but rather the entire casing which kinda "plugs" into the device. Or was I wrong? Is it just a regular looking disk that resembles a CD/DVD?

RE: Question
By KristopherKubicki on 7/18/2006 8:04:02 PM , Rating: 2
Hi Nocturnal,

I believe you are refering to the caddy. These are not present for BR or HD DVD.

RE: Question
By ogreslayer on 7/18/2006 8:04:09 PM , Rating: 2
the original design was that way but a few months in they changed to a protective coating on the discs so they could be used in the same manner as a "standard disc". Its looked this way for quite awhile. So you are not wrong just confused by the change.

RE: Question
By squeezee on 7/18/2006 9:00:30 PM , Rating: 2
The original recordable BluRay discs (which had been available commercially in japan since 2003) came in a caddy.

They later switched to a type of polymer coating that would make the discs much more scratch resistant and eliminate the need for a caddy.

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