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Sony BWU-200S Blu-ray Burner  (Source: Sony)
Sony's newest Blu-ray burner cuts 50GB disc burn time in half

Sony announced today a new updated internal Blu-ray burner for PC. The new drive doubles the write speed as compared to previous Blu-ray BD-R burners inside computer systems. The new BWU-200S Blu-ray burner cuts burn time in half allowing a full 50Gb BD-R disc to be burned in about 45 minutes. Previous drives were 2x drives and the burn time was around 90 minutes for a BD-R disc.

In addition to burning BD-R discs, the drive can also burn DVD+/-R discs at 16x, DVD DL burning is supported as well. Software is included with the burner that allows for the capture, authoring, editing, burning and viewing of high-definition content captured in HDV 1080i format from HDV camcorders.

With the BWU-200S a BD-R or BD-RW disc can store up to 230 minutes of HD video. Sony uses a SATA interface rather than the PATA interface more common to optical drives. The form factor is the standard 5.25-inch internal size and the drive and its software are compatible with Windows XP and Vista.

“Advanced optical storage technologies, such as Blu-ray Disc technology with its vast capacity compared to DVD technology, will be key enablers for next generation PC applications like HD personal video content and high-definition TV recording,” said Wolfgang Schlichting, research director for removable storage at IDC. “Sony's many innovations in optical storage have prepared the company to be a leader in the Blu-ray Disc writable market.”

The BWU-200S will be available directly from Sony in November for around $600 and is available for pre-order now.

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DL DVD is good enough for me
By Rampage on 10/9/2007 6:55:26 PM , Rating: 4
And still too expensive by itself.

For me, shiny discs die with DVD.
The 90's are over.

Online distro or HDD storage for me after this.

RE: DL DVD is good enough for me
By winterspan on 10/9/2007 8:04:54 PM , Rating: 3
Online distro?? I hope you don't live in the USA. If so, and you don't live in one of the most populated 20 cities, you are DREAMING that you'll ever have the capacity to move around 30-40GB movies at a time. Fiber internet? 10 years with our telecom monopoly and their minions of lobbyists sucking off congress.
Unless a *MAJOR* revolution happens, solid state memory, whether flash or something else, will not take the place of optical media for a long time.

RE: DL DVD is good enough for me
By Master Kenobi on 10/10/2007 8:00:51 AM , Rating: 2
Fiber internet? 10 years with our telecom monopoly and their minions of lobbyists sucking off congress.

Verizon FiOS, you can get it now in several places.

RE: DL DVD is good enough for me
By SexyK on 10/10/2007 8:45:53 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, had it for 6 months now. You can get a 30Mbit package but I figured 15Mbit would be enough for now. ;)

RE: DL DVD is good enough for me
By Oregonian2 on 10/12/2007 3:47:14 PM , Rating: 2
I'll be signing up in the next few weeks for the 15Mbit service too (30 has too big of a price jump, two 15's would be cheaper -- strange pricing). They just dug up our street (well, in spots) this last summer.

RE: DL DVD is good enough for me
By Locutus465 on 10/10/2007 1:09:18 PM , Rating: 2
I just put in my addy here in Morrisville NC (just out side of Raleigh for those that don't know) and sadly, no service :(

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il
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