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Sony Produces 50GB Blu-ray Discs

20 Nov, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf

Sony DADC, the optical disc manufacturing arm of the electronics giant, is geared up for high-capacity Blu-ray discs.

The company announced it has six lines of replication up and running to produce 50GB Blu-ray discs.

Sony will be able to produce 60,000 of the high-capacity discs per day, according to the company.

“We know our customers are looking for the finest audio and video strategy to expand offerings of uncompromised audio, video and added value to consumers,” said Don Eklund, EVP of advanced technologies for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Sony's replication side has shipped more than three million Blu-ray discs for more than 35 content suppliers since it began creating the high-definition discs in May.

SPHE released the first 50GB Blu-ray disc with Adam Sandler comedy Click in early October.

Warner Home Video released beloved westerns Unforgiven and The Searchers on 50GB discs October 31.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment bowed Kingdom of Heaven on the high-density disc November 14 alongside Sony's Black Hawk Down.

And more 50GB titles are on the way.

SPHE December 12 bows the Will Ferell racing comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment November 21 releases 50GB versions of 1998 Will Smith actioner Enemy of the State and last year's Jodie Foster mindbender Flightplan. BVHE has also set a slate of 50GB Blu-ray titles for January 23, 2007 with the Academy Award winner Chicago, sci-fi fantasy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, period romance Casanova and the Kevin Costner-Ashton Kutcher starrer from this year, The Guardian.

Lionsgate also is preparing its first 50GB disc, The Descent, for December release.

The 50GB Blu-ray disc doubles the capacity of a standard-production Blu-ray disc. It was important to get the increased capacity up and running quickly, Blu-ray backers have always said, because the increased sound and picture quality takes up a lot of space on the high-def discs. The 50GB discs will allow content holders to create new and compelling special features as the market for high-def discs grows, Blu-ray backers say.

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