Pioneer has announced that they have succeeded in developing a 400GB capacity disc. The disc has 16 layers, each with a capacity of 25GB. The layer capacity is the same as that of Blu-ray and theoretically, the disc is backwards compatible with existing Blu-ray disc players. However, at the present time it is unclear if this will be the case. More information and specifications will be released next week.
Blue Ray Technologies, America's first indie Blu-ray disc manufacturing plant, is now becoming the largest indie Blue-ray disc mastering facility in the U.S., according to BRT founder and chairman Erick Hansen.
MCE Technologies has done what Apple appears to be resistant in doing. MCe has released not only a 2x Blu-ray burner, but now a 6x Blu-ray Recorder Drive that is compatible with Mac Pro and Power Mac G5 computers. Recently Panasonic had announced 6x burnable media, so being able to utilize the burner's full capacity should not be long from now.
ONKYO Corporation has announced that it will release its first Blu-ray Disc Player for the international market in late 2008. This player is designed to partner with Onkyo’s high-definition A/V receivers equipped with full HDMI processing of 1080p video and decoding of Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio surround sound formats.
Pioneer is set to launch a number of products in Europe this fall. They have made announcements for: four Home Theater Cinema Systems (three which include Blu-ray players), four standalone Blu-ray players (one which is Profile 2.0), three KURO LCDs, four KURO Plasmas, and a Media Receiver. US product release announcement to hopefully follow soon.