Sony and Panasonic Jointly Develop Archival Disc Successor to Blu-ray

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docjones

I hope they do a better job than was done on blu-ray. Also, I hope robust error checking is included in the spec, and maybe also support for reduncant recording, espeically if these media will be used for critical business or medical records.

Having said all this, such media, if reasonably priced (say under $10 a disc to start) would be extremely useful. If these can be made relatively bulletproof, this would fill an enormous gap now present between enterprise level and personal level archive storage. At the moment, the most cost effective reasonable personal archive is a 1 Tb external hard drive (about $.11 per Gb, about 300 Mb/sec stored or retrieved over USB2, faster but more expensive over USB3). Optical would be less expensive and possibly much more robust.

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Engelsstaub

How butt-devastated would you be if you bought a 1 Tb "Archival Disc" and, when you went to back up a bunch of data, it failed?

I back up my CD and LP rips to 25 Gb BD-Rs. I've only gotten like two coasters since I started doing it but that's going to be hard to take when I try to do it with one of these newer formats. I'm talking full-on, break shit, neighbors-calling-the-police, rage.

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devin3627

i cant wait for these. blu-ray is a rip off, why waste investment in blu-ray? even if these discs are 10 times the price, they give you more gb for the buck in the long run. curse all of you who thought PCs would all have blu-ray drives by now.

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Renegade Knight

Steve Jobs called BluRay a bag of hurt when asked why it's not on Macs.

I have to agree. The DRM is draconian.

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vrmlbasic

Blu-ray video DRM is definitely a ripoff but bluray discs themselves aren't half bad.

DRM, and the resulting horrid bluray playback software, and Apple's anti-bluray stance hurt adoption. That said, any PC can rock a bluray drive.

I hear that 50 GB discs have finally decreased significantly in price but 50 GB is still too small. Bluray video needs to get above 1080p30 but it requires a bigger disc to achieve that, yet 100 GB normal blurays are still scarce.

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Engelsstaub

Any Mac can rock a Bu Ray drive as well. (You just won't get one pre-configured with a BD drive.) They don't support native playback of BD movies though...but neither does Windows without some third-party $99 CyberPoop program.

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LatiosXT

http://tinyurl.com/oa7r5h2 500GB for $20 sounds like a good deal to me.

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LatiosXT

Whatever happened to holographic optical disks?

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wolfing

in the same basket with biological memory, flying cars and Half Life 3... things cool to talk about but that we'll probably never see.

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John Pombrio

Bubble memory maybe? I actually seen and worked with a customer who was using bubble memory.