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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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RE: Slow progress of the HD era
By retrospooty on 10/9/2007 8:55:03 PM , Rating: 2
I recall paying $350 for a progressive scan DVD player when they first came out, and that only upped the res from std dvd from 480i to 480p. Now we are getting 1080p with HD-DVD and BR. That is how new stuff works, its always expensive at first. It will drop, a few years from now we we all be enjoying cheap high def goodies.

RE: Slow progress of the HD era
By scrapsma54 on 10/10/2007 9:17:55 AM , Rating: 2
I know, and there still are dvd players for $500 out there that have a DVR installed. But, when DVD first came out it wasn't required to get a EDTV (yes 480p has been out for a while) to unlock the potential of that quality media. The newer formats require some really expensive cables, like HDMI and Fiber optic just because of HDCP and DRM BS. It seems like this format war is about anti-piracy and glorified resolutions. Sure pictures are sharper, but are they superior in vibrancy compared to DVD? Remember Toshiba's Colorstream? The best looking presentation of a 480i source since Far Cry: Instincts on Xbox.

RE: Slow progress of the HD era
By Locutus465 on 10/10/2007 1:05:28 PM , Rating: 2
Was at best buy the other day and noticed the standard price of the Toshiba A2 player had dropped to $250... Not bad at all for HD-DVD, my guess is that sooner rather than later HD-DVD (specifically) will be encrouching the same price range and standard DVD players. I can guarontee you that adoption will skyrocket when that happens.

As for BD, well... The cheapest player I've seen thus far was just under $500 at the local walmart. Great price for BD, but far from the kind of pricing you get for HD-DVD... Also, I'm not sure if that was a normal price, or if it was being speacially marked down for any reason.

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