Sharp recently announced that it will be the first Blu-ray disc maker to launch a recordable triple layer Blu-ray format with 100GB of storage capacity–twice the capacity of current Blu-ray discs.
The new write-once disc can store up to 12 hours of regular digital TV broadcasts or nearly nine hours of digital satellite broadcasts, according to Sharp. There is no word on pricing, but numerous reports say the BDXL discs could cost somewhere between $55 and $60 at launch. Sharp’s VR-100BR1 Blu-ray disc will be available in Japan on July 30, and Sharp has yet to announce a U.S. launch date.
The VR-100BR1 conforms to the new BDXL format specifications introduced by the Blu-ray Disc Association in April. The BDXL format allows for a maximum 128GB of write-once capability for Blu-ray discs and can support up to 100GB of Blu-ray data in rewritable disc format. (Click on the chart