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21st January 2007 8:42  #1

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New triple layer HD DVD discs - 51GB
There is a new HD-DVD disc that will soon appear that is 3 layer and being made by Toshiba to help compete with Blu-Ray. Go here to have a look.
It also means that if you bought a new HD-DVD player recently, it will not be compatible!

21st January 2007 11:03  #2

demiscy Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: Cyprus Posts: 589
Maybe future HDDVD players will be able to handle this new media. Glad I held of buying one

21st January 2007 14:39  #3

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,704 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
I'm sure they will - another case of waiting for the player that does both HD DVD and BluRay I spose.
The manufacturers should be careful how quickly they change these new formats due to the expensive upgrades that could be involved for the poor consumer...

21st January 2007 16:25  #4

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
I can't see this being used for movies. I think it's more of a marketing thing. If it's more than vaporware then it will give HD DVD a boost in respect to the format's use in IT.

22nd January 2007 18:13  #5

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
New triple layer HD DVD discs - 51GB
Worst Nightmare wrote: There is a new HD-DVD disc that will soon appear that is 3 layer and being made by Toshiba to help compete with Blu-Ray. Go here to have a look.
It also means that if you bought a new HD-DVD player recently, it will not be compatible!


If the players were designed correctly, a simple firmware update is all that should be needed to play a new disc with an extra layer.  

22nd January 2007 21:41  #6

P O Hara Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: Ireland Posts: 93
Slightly off topic I know but I finally got to look at both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD players today. Maybe its just me but are Sony deliberately setting out to fail with this one? The Blu-Ray was TWICE the price of the HD-DVD player, and nowhere near as pretty. Couldnt judge quality as they werent connected to anything (go figure!)...which was a pity.
But if I was basing my choice on asthetics and cost...Sony wouldnt be getting my money. I'll be holding off for a while I think.

Any thoughts.....?

24th January 2007 8:43  #7

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,704 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
New triple layer HD DVD discs - 51GB
Adrian wrote: Worst Nightmare wrote: There is a new HD-DVD disc that will soon appear that is 3 layer and being made by Toshiba to help compete with Blu-Ray. Go here to have a look.
It also means that if you bought a new HD-DVD player recently, it will not be compatible!


If the players were designed correctly, a simple firmware update is all that should be needed to play a new disc with an extra layer.  
Not necessarily, it may mean a new laser to handle the 3rd layer it must now focus on.....

24th January 2007 15:33  #8

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
New triple layer HD DVD discs - 51GB
Worst Nightmare wrote: Not necessarily, it may mean a new laser to handle the 3rd layer it must now focus on.....

Maybe, but I would be quite surprised if that is true.  It's probably more of focusing the laser differently.  Who knows?  I certainly haven't looked at the spec.  If they are concerned about not pissing off early adopters, they would have made it this way.

26th January 2007 0:19  #9

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,704 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Considering that this is now a new product, I doubt they would have forseen this but of course you never know....It depends how they focus - if they simply change the wavelength of the laser, then it should only be a simple firmware change, as you have said before Adrian Happy

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