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Are There HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc Recorders?


Question: Are There HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc Recorders?
NOTICE: HD-DVD is now officially discontinued. However, information on HD-DVD, and its comparison to Blu-ray, is still contained in this article for historical purposes, as well as the fact that there are still many HD-DVD player owners, and HD-DVD players and discs will continue to be sold and traded on the secondary market for some time.
Answer: Both Blu-ray and HD-DVD technology support high definition video recording, but there are no current plans to market Blu-ray Disc recorders in the U.S market for consumers (HD-DVD has been discontinued). Some of factors contributing to this state of affairs includes the increasing popularity from TIVO and Cable/Satellite DVRs in the U.S., which may affect the competitive success of high definition disc-based recorders, such as Blu-ray or HD-DVD. In addition, copy-protection concerns and potential piracy have the movie studios "paranoid" about mainstream consumers having the ability to record high definition video content. As a result, any Blu-ray or HD-DVD recorders released into the U.S. or North American market would not have the ability to record high definition broadcast, cable, or satellite programming.

The two types of Blu-ray Recording formats are:

BD-R: A record-once only format disc, similar in concept as a DVD-R, DVD+R, or CD-R disc.

BD-RE: A re-writable format disc that can be erased, edited, and re-used multiple times, similar in concept to DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, or CD-RW disc.

HD-DVD had been selling HD-DVD recorders in the Japanese market. However, since HD-DVD is now being discontinued worldwide (as of February 19, 2008), there are no plans for HD-DVD recorders to be available any longer. The only units available are the ones that have already been produced.

For historical reference, the recording format discs for HD-DVD recorders is HD-DVD R (single layer) and HD-DVD R-DL (Dual Layer), which are record-once format discs, similar to BD-R.

Also, most, if not all, Blu-ray and HD-DVD recorders released so far also record in one or more of the current standard DVD recording formats, such as DVD-R/-RW or DVD+R/+RW.

One important point to remember is that Blu-ray or HD-DVD disc you make yourself can only be played on that format's player or recorder.

Additional information on Blu-ray Disc recorders, and what may be able for U.S. consumers is also provided in a continuing update.

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