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Sony has announced 'Archival Disc', its next-generation optical disc format expected to replace Blu-ray in the coming years.

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Developed in collaboration with Panasonic, Archival Disc systems are due to launch next summer, with initial discs featuring a storage capacity of 300GB – 6x higher than the current 50GB Blu-rays.

The format will later be expanded to improve capacity to 500GB and 1TB, although timings for the larger capacities have yet to be announced.

The discs will likely be used initially to store large files and 4K movies, which demand huge amounts of storage space.

"In recent times, demand for archival capabilities has increased significantly in the film industry, as well as in cloud data centres that handle big data, where advances in network services have caused data volumes to soar," said Sony.

"Both Sony and Panasonic have successful experience working on the development of Blu-ray Disc technology. The two companies plan to actively promote this next-generation high-capacity optical disc standard in the professional field in order to offer an effective solution for protecting valuable data into the future."

Source: sony.net

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seascape195@ pblive

Agreed. The other oversight on streaming, some just can't stream if they wanted too, because either they can't afford a fast enough connection and/or their house/apartment/area/etc has poor quality phone/cable lines or out in the country and have issues like that which prevent a quality movie experience. HD for these folks requires physical media.
Posted 02:28 on 11 March 2014


Agreed that DVD is still selling better than Bluray, it's a quality/cost issue, but you're forgetting the millions who don't stream, won't stream or don't want to know about anything other than physical formats.

Physical formats will drop in sales as more technically adept (and usually younger) buyers head for digital and I'm among those who enjoy digital movies and Netflix etc, but there are those groups who will never move to streaming and those videophiles who rightly point out that physical is still a superior format and will be even when 50+ Mbps becomes the norm (still at least 5 years off).

The other issue is with how digital format customers are given limited choice from services, extras and the constant threat of removing content.

4K, though, I feel, will be even more marginal.
Posted 16:40 on 10 March 2014
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Personally believe this is mainly going to be for industry storage/backup use. I think we are currently using the last physical home media format. It may get a minor following as a short term fix to the 4k problem.

From this stage Blu Ray took 3 years to get a prototype player. It was an additional 3 years to get to retail. (Total of 6 years)

We are now 8 years on and it still isn't the leading device. Average of 3 DVDs to 1 BluRay copies sold.

In the year 2000 most of us were still on 56k dial up. If you did have a cable modem you'd of been looking at 512k max.

By the time DVD is retired we'll all be on 50mbps+ broadband/Fibre or 4G networks and streaming will be second nature. Especially due to all the government grants and backhanders to cater for rural locations and to make the UK have the quickest speeds in Europe by 2015.
Posted 14:47 on 10 March 2014

Neon-Soldier32@ BritishWolf

A brilliant double entendre!
Posted 14:14 on 10 March 2014
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Game changer
Posted 13:27 on 10 March 2014
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