Set to add to the technological advancements that have originated in Japan, local companies Sony and Panasonic are believed to be teaming up in order to research and develop a successor to the Blu-ray disc format, in anticipation of 4KHD becoming a popular concept.
Being dubbed ‘the next-generation disc format’, and scheduled to be realised and publicly released in 2015, it will carry the capability of hosting 4K-quality content, as well as carrying 6 times the storage power of a current standard Blu-ray (50GB), with ‘at least 300GB of data’ expected for the format, which would also require appropriate hardware on which to play it.
Further comparisons to previous ‘largest formats’ show that at the very least the new development will carry the power of almost 64 DVDs (4.7GB), and 428 CDs (700MB).
While it has been questioned by ‘industry commentators’ on the validity of such research considering the current growth of video streaming, Sony have been quick to note that the internet connection speeds capable of streaming 4KHD, HD, or even standard-definition content is only accessible for a minority around the world, while alongside their compatriot company they also lauded the storage and archiving benefits of such sizeable discs.
Launching a joint statement on the matter, Sony and Panasonic noted: “Optical discs have excellent properties to protect them against the environment, such as dust resistance and water resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. This makes them a robust medium for long-term storage of content.”
With physical media for movies still generating around 6 times more in profit than online streaming does, will a disc that is 6 times better be able to eventually claim a share of the market of the former? Once that happens, if the inevitable invention does become as common as Blu-ray is now, we can all look forward to the release of the ‘Tera-Disc’…