I think as of now, it is 25GB for single layer and 50 GB for double layer Blueray DVD. The same way normal DVDs have 4 and 8 GB right now.
50 GB is bigger than the usual hard disks of laptops of a year ago. It is really a lot. Only use I can see for a regular PC owner is to make barkups of their entire Hard drive,
But ofcourse pretty soon most of the movies will be released in Blu ray disks in HDTV quality. So eventually it will become essential to own such a drive.
It will take some time for the price to drop, but evenetually, it will.
Yes the Blue Ray disks will be used to make PS3 Game Disks. But it is not exclusive to that.
Blue Ray disks will be released to consumers the same way as DVDs today.
Meaning, other DVD suppliers will have to come out Blue-ray Disk as well?
Yes... it's still a high price item at this newly launch moments... wait
until it become more common place and the price will be more
I don't know how much rupees are worth but the blu-ray writer player is 999$ in the USA.
And actually there IS a Sony Vaio with a Blu-ray driver. Of course you could have guessed it, it's 3999$.
Well I think we should wait at least 1.5 years to let the standard go into our lives.
$999 is about Rs 44,300/-
Even when these formats have become affordable to the general public, there is still the dilemma of the Blue Ray or HD-DVD. Personally I like Blue Ray better. Sony rocks.
When you can save 50GB, that's almost the whole hard disk of today's Laptop hard drives. And unless it is a re-writable disk you can't change what is written. So choosing what to write on a particular disk will have to be done caredully.
Of course the disks themselves will be much more expensive than todays writable DVDs
Personally, I would stay away from all types of optical media. I guess Bill Gates once said that all the brouhaha going on between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray as to which would become the de-facto standard was a complete waste since the future of content delivery lay in streaming media directly to the PC's hard drive. And nowadays, all the DVD players are equipped with USB support and hard disk capabilities.
Optical media are becoming notoriously unreliable, just like floppies became a few years ago. I think data / video stored on hard disks and flash based storage last longer than data stored on optical media.
Just my 2 cents....
Well, for the time beeing, they are very expensive-yes, but its just a matter of time before their price drops bellow 100Euros... And the disks bellow 1-2Euros... The DvD's are a thing of the past, and they have to be replaced-fast, cause their technology, has been used for many year, and its already, very cheap, which makes comapnies starve. Companies need new products in order to survive. The Prices of both Blu-Ray and HDVD, will drop fast, because of the competition between them. So for now, yes, an external HDD is far-far-far-far-far better than that drive...