16X Recordable DVD9
I have received unconfirmed reports that Verbatim is currently developing 16x DVD+R DL (double layer) recordable media. According to the source, these high speed double layer discs are slated to be released in the 2nd Quarter (2Q) of this year. Please keep in mind that this availability date is not set in stone and the product could very well be delayed depending on various factors.
Even if Verbatim does develop the higher speed DVD+R DL media, they will need to wait for the spec to be approved by the DVD+RW Alliance before production and delivery can begin. This process normally takes 3-6 months.
High speed and affordable DVD+R DL media could mean more trouble for the blue laser formats, Blu-ray and HD DVD. If consumers and technology enthusiasts have the option to purchase affordable, good quality double layer DVD media for personal use, they may not be inclined to upgrade to the costly blue laser systems.