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Inexpensive Blu-ray recorders to invade Japan

September 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Manufacturers are hoping that disc recorders will leapfrog conventional DVD recorders in the Japanese market. Currently around 30 per cent of Japanese homes have DVD-based machines, with the rest still using VCRs. But the products have a reputation of being difficult to operate. This autumn a slew of relatively inexpensive BD recorders will aim to reinvigorate the disc market, all promising extreme ease of use.
Sony, Sharp and Panasonic are expected to launch BD machines priced as low as 100,000 yen. Toshiba is launching four new recorders to compete, including one HD DVD and VHS combination deck. Japan is unique in having a range of HDTV material broadcast both terrestrially and via satellite without DRM constraints, so the demand for recorders able to timeshift is high.

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Trade

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