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Triple-layer 51GB HD DVD May Be Ready

3 Oct, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey

Several news outlets are reporting the DVD Forum has approved, or is close to approving, Toshiba's 51GB, triple-layer, single-sided HD DVD, which was first announced at the CES show this year.

Storing 17GB on each of the three layers, the new HD DVD, if used in production, would surpass Blu-ray Disc's 50GB.

The DVD Forum did not wish to comment. However, Andy Parsons, chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Association's U.S. Promotions Group, was quick to slam the dig at the Blu-ray 50GB with the extra 1GB, and questioned how the 51GB HD DVD would affect production costs for HD DVD backers, and whether the new discs would play on existing HD DVD players.

“It will be very interesting to see how they address production issues,” he said. “And wait a minute, wasn't the 30GB big enough for them? They were so adamant about it.”

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