Toshiba Moving Forward on 45GB HD DVD Discs

August 31, 2006

HD DVD at IFAI have to say this bit of news took me by surprise, I assumed Toshiba had relegated their 45GB discs to the PC world and were firmly entrenched in the idea that 30GB’s would become their maximum capacity for pre-recorded HD DVD content, not according to Jim Armour of Toshiba.

DVD Times was lucky enough to score a rather enlightening interview with regards to up-coming HD DVD plans from Toshiba. The interview recorded at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, consists of questions and answers like the following on the aforementioned 45GB discs:

DVDTimes: That’s what I was going to ask you – what’s happening with that. Is it likely we’ll see a 45gb disc out?

Jim Armour, Toshiba: The triple layer disc is not actually due out until next year. I believe that the actual book type will not be ratified by something like June next year [2007]. So, announcing they can read triple layer is very odd.

DVDTimes: So, if that does come out, do you know if the current drives would be able to read it with a firmware update? Is there any likelihood that we’ll ever see triple-layer film discs?

Jim Armour, Toshiba: Any likelihood… well, if we’re actually creating the format, I think there’s a likelihood. There is a likelihood – a 45gb capacity could be very useful. Whether drives can read it, I don’t know – because, basically the specification hasn’t been set. It’s like when the first Dual Layer DVD-Rs came out, really old drives couldn’t read it. […] It could well be the same situation. Until the standard has been specified and ratified, you can’t really say whether it’ll be able to read it.

The rest of the interview can be read and heard here. We should know more about the HD DVD players to be announced from Toshiba in Europe at the IFA show over the weekend. It’s been speculated those players may very well reflect changes to be incorporated into the second generation of HD DVD players here in North America.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under HD-DVD


Comments

  • cgw

    I noticed that Fox’ Blu-Ray titles will cost about $39.98 a piece. Is this an indicator about price for future Blu-ray movies? This price may force gamers to face a dilemma, buy Blu-Ray movies ($40, Fox titles), games($50 at least, current hot Xbox360 games costs this much) or regular DVDs (less than $20)? Good luck with using PS3 for playing Blu-ray movies.

  • cgw

    I noticed that Fox’ Blu-Ray titles will cost about $39.98 a piece. Is this an indicator about price for future Blu-ray movies? This price may force gamers to face a dilemma, buy Blu-Ray movies ($40, Fox titles), games($50 at least, current hot Xbox360 games costs this much) or regular DVDs (less than $20)? Good luck with using PS3 for playing Blu-ray movies.