Sony unveils new Blu-ray recorders

Sony Corporation has announced plans to launch four new models of its Blu-ray high-definition optical disc recorders in Japan. The new models, capable of storing up to 16 hours of high-definition programs on a dual-layer 50GB Blu-ray disc, will go on sale on November 8. Sony's previous models, launched last year, were unable to record on a dual-layer disc. The top-end machine of the four, which comes with a 500GB hard disk drive, is expected to sell for about $1,752, roughly in line with Toshiba's flagship HD DVD recorder. Outside its home market, Sony is considering offering Blu-ray recorders in Europe, but the launch timing has yet to be decided.

"With high-definition TVs spreading rapidly and more digital cameras and camcorders are becoming HD-ready, time is ripe for household recorders to move onto a next generation. We intend to make all our recorders in the domestic market Blu-ray compatible," said Sony Executive Deputy President Katsumi.

News source: MSNBC

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Surely it's not top-end they want to be concentrating on. Why not try to get a cheaper one out there pronto for most people to be able to afford and buy?