Sony Europe's RME (Recording Media and Energy) division today announced that its first Blu-ray Disc media will ship in Europe this month.
Single-layer BD-RE (Blu-ray Disc Rewritable) media will be available from mid-March, while single-layer, write-once BD-R (Blu-ray Disc Recordable) media will be available from April. Sony will launch dual-layer discs later this year.
The single-layer BD-R and BD-RE discs offer a storage capacity of 25GB.
The new-generation media support dual speed that equates to a data transfer rate of 72Mbps (megabits per second), making the discs suitable for video recording as well as data storage and file backup.
"Sony is strongly positioned to offer customers an all-embracing, HD [high-definition] experience as a result of pioneering activity in the HD world. Our range of integrated HD equipment, including camcorders, PCs, televisions and projectors, already covers everything from source to output, " said Fritz Handtke, marketing and operations director at Sony RME.
Sony is on the board of directors of the BDA (Blu-ray Disc Association) comprising more than 170 member companies from the consumer electronics, IT, media and software industries, as of February 2006.
This story first appeared on Macworld.co.uk.