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8.5GB DVD+R discs next year

By Julio Franco
Nov 3, 2003
  1. Expect double-layer, almost double-capacity DVD+R drives and media to hit the stores next April, members of the DVD+RW alliance say. The technology, co-developed by drive maker Philips, and media specialists Verbatim and Mitsubishi Kagaku, adds a second recording layer to a standard-thickness DVD+R disc, taking the medium's capacity from 4.7GB to 8.5GB.

    That's enough for four hours of DVD-quality material, 16 hours of VHS-quality content or two hours' archive footage. The discs are playback-compatible with existing DVD players and DVD-ROM drives.

    Read more: The Register.
     
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    This is getting interesting.. One of the main reasons recordable DVDs are now 4.7 GB is that it prevents copying DVD-9 discs (ie. movies on double-layer discs). Apparently they've noticed capacity is needed for other things, too, even *gasp* legal things! :eek:

    And I just bought a recordable DVD drive... :rolleyes:
    Well if I would have waited 'til spring, who knows what would have been coming after that.
     
  3. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Looks like I'll be waiting 'til after XMAS to get my DVD burner.. this double layer stuff will come in handy later on down the road.
     
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    I take it you need a new-style 8.5GB drive to use these disks, or do they work in existing DVD+-RW drives?
     
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

     
  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    The key phrase being "hardware and media" - surely yeah you need a DL drive and media, not just enhanced media...
     
  7. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    so do you need a completly new burner to burn these new double data disks? (sounds like DDR but DDD :blush: )
     
  8. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Well whichever way it works out I sold 2 DVD burners today becase I told the guys they were coming out with 8gig media next year. They were pretty excited. I'm just glad I told them my name was Javier. If something happens I don't have to worry about it.
     
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    LOL Ladies and Gentlemen meet your friendly neighborhood Circuit City salesman.
     
  10. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    You are gosh darn straight. Gotta put my technical degree to use somehow since nobody will hire me :)

    Anyone wanna buy a computer?
     
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