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Even though consumers do not rapidly adopt Blu-ray disc (BD) standalone players, makers of personal computers (PCs) plan to install BD drives into mainstream personal computers sometime in the second half of the year.

A news-story at DigiTimes web-site claims that “international PC vendors” plan to actively promote BD ROM drives in the second half of the year. The suppliers will not utilize Blu-ray disc burners since both drives and blank media are expensive. Presently Pioneer is the most positive toward BD drives, just like Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS). Lite-On IT also plans to start volume production of its relatively inexpensive Blu-ray disc drives in Q3 2008.

No actual system vendors were named in the news-story.

Blu-ray can store up to 25GB per single layer and up to 50GB on two layers. Traditional single-layer DVDs allow consumers to watch movies in 720x480 (NTSC) or 720x576 (PAL) resolution with Dolby Digital audio. The blue-laser discs provide consumers up to 1920x1080 resolution as well as advanced DTS or Dolby Digital audio along with some additional interactive features.

No actual manufacturers commented on the news-story.

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Discussion started: 05/23/08 03:16:27 PM
Latest comment: 06/22/08 02:22:31 PM

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if blue ray becomes more popular, they could make games on it, and keep prices of burnable disks high, but the ones they sell with games low. that would really reduce physical pirating, as the effort of buying expensive disks would make it a better deal just to buy the game/movie itself, as burners are also more expensive, the time and money investment into pirateing on physical disks will really cut into that sector of pirateing.
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Why anyone would want yet another disc format is beyond me

Bloooray is more expensive per GB than HDD or USB flash so why dont they just sell the movie/game/album on an HDD
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" The suppliers will not utilize Blu-ray disc burners since both drives and blank media are expensive."

*sigh* its a start, but bd without the burning part is IMHO useless in a computer.
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