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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 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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