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New 33.5GB hybrid discs will feature two DVD layers and a single Blu-Ray layer

Japanese music, movie and game publisher, Pony Canyon, has announced that it will release the first product to use hybrid discs with both Blu-Ray and DVD layers, meaning that you may not have to buy future movie discs twice if you upgrade to a Blu-Ray player.

The total capacity of a hybrid disc is 33.5GB, with 8.5 GB coming from two DVD layers, and a further 25GB coming from a Blu-Ray layer. The technology was originally developed by JVC back in 2004, before Blu-Ray had stomped all over HD-DVD in the format wars, but the technology still needed to be refined back then, and it looks as though it’s now ready for release.

In order to make the hybrid disc possible, JVC had to develop its own semi-reflective film that reflects a Blu-Ray laser but allows a red laser to pass through it. So, if you have the Blu-Ray layer on the edge of a disc, and the two DVD layers underneath, then this film allows you to create a disc that can be played on a Blu-Ray player or DVD player with minimal compatibility issues. In fact, according to CDRinfo, the disc was compatible with 99 per cent of the Blu-Ray and DVD players tested by Infinity Storage Media, which is producing the discs for Pony Canyon, along with Kyodo Television Co.

The first product to feature the new hybrid media is, bizarrely, a box set of Code Blue Emergency Helicopter Doctor (pictured below), which will feature four of the discs when it’s released on 18 February. CDRinfo claims that this box set will cost a whopping ¥36,540 (£274.73), which at first look makes the discs look extremely expensive. However, it’s worth noting that the DVD set, according to the site, will also have a comparatively costly ¥23,940 (£179.57) price tag.
Source:http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/60535...announced.html
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This seems really gimmicky. Are they filling up Blu-Ray disks already when movies are at full 1080p?
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no, it means that they can release movies on this disc format only instead of blu ray and dvd.

people just put it in their player & the best format it supports, it plays. voila, the changover of formats becomes a million times easier as when you buy a blu-ray player you'll already have all your dvd movies as blu-ray too
    
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It's a good idea for people to start buying now even if they don't have a blu-ray player or an HD TV now.
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