An industry insider has informed me that Verbatim has started to outsource their Double Layer DVD production to Moser Baer India (MBI). And while a relationship between Verbatim and MBI is nothing new, it is new that Verbatim has decided to finally start outsourcing their difficult-to-manufacturer DVD double layer discs. When double layer recordable discs were first released, there were rumors that indicated Verbatim ran into quality issues when attempting to outsource the production of their premium optical disc product.
The first shipments are expected to leave MBI around the end of January, so depending on your market, you might start to see “Made In India” Verbatim double layer discs near the end of February or beyond. Verbatim will continue to produce double layer discs at its’ premiere production facility in Singapore for now and consumers should expect to see a mixed double layer product on shelf, some from India and some from Singapore.
The good news for consumers is that the retail pricing of Verbatim double layer discs should decrease once the newly sourced product hits the market. As the price of good quality double layer media continues to drop, the format should grow more and more popular with consumers. Low priced double layer media could mean more trouble for the expensive blue laser disc formats HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
Additional information suggests that some retail shops got discounts early due to a miscalculation of when the “new” product would be arriving initially.