Toshiba Shows 51GB HD-DVD

Aron Schatz
January 16, 2007

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So this whole HD disk situation is not going anywhere fast, but it is good to have bigger capacity for storage. Mind you, the content distribution should remain on DVD since it is perfectly fine. With HD-DVD at Bluray capacity, it looks like Bluray will get the boot... Just like all previous attempts by Sony.


Toshiba has submitted a triple-layer, 51GB HD DVD-ROM disc to the standard's overseer in the hope the technology will be adopted as a standard by the end of the year. If approved, it allow the format to exceed the 50GB storage capacity of rival medium Blu-ray Disc. The HD DVD standard currently defines single- and dual-layer discs capable of holding 15GB and 30GB of data, respectively. That's plenty, say the format's supporters, for a movie encoded in 1080p HD resolution and a stack of extras.

The fun part is that current players and writers will not support the new triple layer disk. Too bad for people on the bleeding edge.


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