DVD Wes Novack on 16 Jan 2007

16X Double Layer DVD+R on the way

[dvd+r dl logo]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.

7 Responses to “16X Double Layer DVD+R on the way”

  1. on 16 Jan 2007 at 4:52 PM 1.DVD said …

    Sign me up.

  2. on 16 Jan 2007 at 7:04 PM 2.Dave said …

    Thanks for the info Weso.

  3. on 16 Mar 2007 at 8:58 PM 3.Ricoh announces 16x Double Layer (DVD+R DL) media » WesleyTech.com: HD DVD, Blu-ray, CD info and more said …

    […] 16x Double Layer DVD’s (DVD+R DL) Last week, Ricoh announced the World’s Fastest DVD+R Double Layer media with a maximum writing speed of 16x. This will double the maximum writing speed that is available for burning Double layer media, which is currently at 8x maximium. Most Hollywood movie DVD’s found at the store contain two layers worth of data, which means that a Double Layer (DVD+R DL) or Dual Layer (DVD-R DL) recordable DVD is needed in order to make an exact copy. The annoucement of 16x DVD+R DL media does not surprise me though, as I had been informed earlier this year that Verbatim was also working on 16x Double Layer media. The fastest Double Layer media? Having a 16x Double Layer recordable DVD does not mean that a burn will take half the time that it currently does though, it only means that the writing speed will HIT 16x maximum writing speed at some point during the burning process. This is what most people that are not familiar with the technology do not understand. These people are confused when a 16x burn on single layer media does not take half the amount of time that an 8x burn does. In some cases a 16x burn will only hit the 16x speed for a few seconds or even less time, as this peak occurs at the very end of the burning process. Nevertheless, any enhancement in double layer burning speed is welcomed as long as adequate burning quality can be maintained. New DVD burners will be required in order to take advantage of these new high speed double layer discs though. So if you are interested in upgrading to DVD+R Double Layer at 16x speed, you can expect to invest in a new dvd writer once the hardware and discs are available on the retail market. 16x Dual Layer? So what about 16x Dual Layer media? Dual Layer media (DVD-R DL) is controlled and authorized by the DVD Forum, while Double Layer media (DVD+R DL) is handled by the DVD+RW Alliance. So far there have been no reports of the DVD-R camp planning to introduce 16x DVD-R DL into the market, but I would not be surprised if they announce something later this year. We have seen DVD-R follow the DVD+R format many times in the past in media speed enhancements. Either way, users in the USA should stick with DVD+R DL, as it can be set with a Book Type of DVD-ROM to ensure maximum compatibility in standalone DVD players. DVD-R DL (Dual Layer) discs have been plagued with compatibility problems, especially when used with older DVD player models. I for one am anxiously awaiting the arrival of 16x DVD+R Double Layer drives and media this year. Until then, I will be watching for updates. More coverage of 16x DVD Double Layer media can be found at CDRLabs. […]

  4. on 20 Mar 2007 at 1:55 AM 4.Caelum said …

    All very interesting….

    really cant be all that long before a burner is sent into testing then… my guess is liteon will come out with the burner first, albeit at lower quality to what pioneer will bring out a few months later…

    cant wait to get my hands on one, hope it’ll drive down the price of 4 and 8x blanks when released…

    Caelum – speedlabs.org

  5. on 20 Mar 2007 at 1:49 PM 5.Wesley Novack said …

    Hey Caelum, thanks for your reply. 🙂

    I’m also anxious to see the first 16x Double Layer burns, the initial 16x DL burners will no doubt use a Z-CAV burning method, only providing a small time savings over current 8x P-CAV DL burns.

  6. on 17 May 2007 at 8:24 AM 6.roh said …

    I have got a pc with DVD+R DL rewritable. but unfortunatly when i tryed to burn a dvd 1st it tooks an hour to burn secondly the dvd cant be played.i tried to burn on dvd-r got the msg sayeing somthing Double Layer dvd needed. v got no idea…my pc called acer with DVD R/RW ULTRA SPEED COMPACT DISC… ANY IDEA…PLEASE HELP

  7. on 17 May 2007 at 5:20 PM 7.Wesley Novack said …

    First off, DVD+RW DL isn’t even available yet, so you must be confused there. Even if it WAS available, I’m sure your ACER drive would not be able to support it.

    If you need help with your drive, go post the details on http://CDRLabs.com/forum/

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