05:19 PM

Sony Unveils Blu-Ray Disc Recorder

Sony plans to introduce a player in the U.S. next month. But the first product for the Japanese market other than the PlayStation 3 will be a recorder.

TOKYO — Sony Corp. announced at its dealer convention here Wednesday (Sept. 13) that it would introduce a Blu-ray Disc (BD) recorder in Japan by the year's end, bringing hope to proponents of the fledgling optical disk format.

The BD recorder is one of the products Sony is gearing up for a rapid transition from standard definition to high definition resolution video products. HD products will account for 80 percent of video product sales next year, said Tsugie Miyashita, president of Sony Marketing (Japan) Inc.

Sony plans to introduce a BD player in the U.S. next month. But the first BD product for the Japanese market other than Playstation 3 will be a recorder.

"Recorders have much stronger demand [than players] in Japan. Playstation 3 will satisfy the demand for players," said Miyashita.

The BD recorder complies with BD-RE version 2.0 and will be able to play single- or double-layer BD-ROMs and DVD disks.

Sony and Matsushita introduced BD recorders BDZ-S77 and DMR-E700BD, respectively, based on the BD-RE version 1.0 in 2004. Neither was compatible with other BD products.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on for the week of June 21, 2015.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.