Sony is killing off recordable Blu-Ray discs.

Professional discs for video production and optical archives for data storage are also being discontinued.

Sony says it’s pulling the plug because the cold storage market never really took off like they hoped, and the overall storage media business has been operating in the red for years. As the company put it bluntly, “We need to review our business structure in order to improve profitability.”

If burning 100GB Blu-ray discs is still part of your data preservation strategy, you’d better start stocking up on those BDXL blank discs and drives while you still can. Prices are going to skyrocket once supplies dwindle.

It’s the end of an era for disc-based backups. Sony first brought consumer recordable Blu-ray to market way back in 2003, giving us 25GB of space per disc – a huge leap over DVDs. Over the next 15 years they crammed more and more data onto discs, hitting 50GB, then 100GB, and finally the 128GB BDXL format in 2018.

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Luckily, at the rate my eyesight is going, I wouldn’t need those blu-rays anyway. :stuck_out_tongue:

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I think it’s a good move on their part. A thumb drive seems a better investment even.

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