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Monday, April 18, 2016
Sony is promoting use of optical discs for reliable long-term storage with the release of ther second generation of its Optical Disc Archive System, which adopts a 3.3TB optical disc cartridge developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Panasonic today unveiled its enhanced "freeze-ray" series Data Archiver, using 300GB Optical Discs, scheduled for release in the 2nd half of 2016.
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Sony Optical Archive, a subsidiary of Sony, today unveiled the Everspan Library System, a scalable optical library system solution that delivers high-capacity archiving capabilities and could "threaten" tape leaders like Oracle and IBM.
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Roxio Secure Burn Enterprise is a new data burning solution that enables government, corporate and institutional customers to monitor, control and protect confidential information saved to storage discs and devices.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
SlySoft, a "legendary" company for anyone involved in copying of digitally protected Blu-ray and DVD media, announced that it has shut down.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Scientists at the University of Southampton have developed a small disc of glass that can hold 360TB and is capable of surviving for billions of years.
Friday, February 05, 2016
The Japanese are still favoring CDs over other means of storing and enjoying music, and Japanese teenager are still swapping CDs.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Hitachi-LG Data Storage has recently has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to participate in Microsoft’s "Windows Rally" technology licensing program.
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Panasonic has developed freeze-ray, an Optical Disc-Based Data Archive System in collaboration with Facebook.
Monday, January 04, 2016
Warner Bros. and Intel's Digital Content Protection have sued LegendSky, the Chinese manufacturer of HDFury devices designed to strip HDCP copy protection from many sources, including streams.
Warner Bros. recently announced that it has plans to release 35 4K Blu-ray movies by the end of 2016.
Saturday, December 26, 2015
2015 has been quite an interesting year for copyright law around the world. Most of this year's copyright developments have been bad for users, but with one notable exception.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Other World Computing (OWC) has made available the new OWC Mercury Pro, an aluminum-housed USB 3.0 optical drive for plug and play support of CD, DVD, M-DISC and/or Blu-ray disc reading and writing with Macs and PCs.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Asus keeps offering new optical storage devices, mainly for the Japanese market. The company's new DRW-24D5MT DVD burner is launching this month and comes with a power saving mode while idle.
Monday, November 30, 2015
It looks like the High-Bandwidth Digital Copy Protection (HDCP) version 2.2 used to protect the 4K video content provided by Netflix and Amazon has been cracked, a wave of 4K video torrents have appeared online.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Japanese Memory-Tech Co., Ltd. has established a mass production line for the next generation UHD Blu-ray Discs.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) today announced the studio's first releases in the next-generation 4K Ultra HD Disc format, which will arrive in early 2016.
Thursday, November 05, 2015
Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science Graduate School of Engineering Science have developed a technology that could lead to a holographic storage disc with a capacity equivalent to 2TB - about 400 DVDs.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
CyberLink has joined a global focus group consisting of professional authoring facilities, technology companies and service providers working on the development of the Ultra HD Blu-ray (UHD-BD) format.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
The European Commission has fined eight optical disc drive suppliers a total of €116 million for having coordinated their behaviour in relation to procurement tenders organised by two computer manufacturers, in breach of EU antitrust rules.
Roxio today introduced Roxio Creator NXT 4 and Roxio Creator NTX Pro 4, the latest releases of their popular selling digital media suite. With the addition of Corel AfterShot 2, you get access to easy adjustments to make your photos look better, along with photo management and conversion.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc.(HLDS) and Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology Corp (TSST) have been engaged in price-fixing case and may face fines as soon as Wednesday, Bloomberg reports.
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Sales of both DVD and Blu-Ray discs in the U.K. are expected to continue to decline in the third quarter of this year, mainly to the market continuing its shift to other forms of media.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Imation is the latest company to withdraw from the recordable media business. The 'TDK Life on Record' recordable media brand is already history and also sales of audio products and accessories sold under the Imation, Memorex and TDK Life on Record brands will stop by the end of December.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
A security patch released by Microsoft recently removes support for copy protection programs Securom and Safedisc in Windows 8, 7, and Vista systems, potentially making some older games distributed on optical discs unplayble in the aformentioned OSes.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Revenues from streaming music services surpassed that of sales of physical media for the first time ever in 2015, according to data released by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Taiwanese optical disc maker CMC Magnetics has licenced technologies, patents, media IDs and trademarks previously owned by Taiyo Yuden, after the latter quit the development and manufacturing of CD-R, DVD-R and DVD+R blank optical discs.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Nero has just released the Nero 2016, a software suite that gives multimedia fans an advanced all-in-one solution for managing, streaming, playing, editing, ripping copying, burning and sharing files.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
CyberLink today launched the latest versions of its Director series multimedia editing software featuring PowerDirector 14, AudioDirector 6, ColorDirector 4 and PhotoDirector 7.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Nero is not punishable for patent infringement. JVC Kenwood Corp. had filed suit against Nero and other software providers in the state of California in 2012, claiming that the software makers' copying and burning solutions were allowing patents to be infringed. After the federal circuit court rejected the complaint, JVC sought an appeal to no avail.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) will begin licensing the Ultra HD Blu-ray format starting Aug. 24. The new optical disc format will enable delivery of Ultra HD content to the market of Ultra HD households, which expected to grow to 95.6 million in 2019.
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Lengthy loading times for websites or software applications, hanging updates, PC and laptop crashes... Nero TuneItUp ensures that even regular users can boot up their PCs up to 50% faster, optimize all system settings, and surf the web in more privacy.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
CyberLink has starting selling the CyberLink Media Suite 13, featuring three media editing and playback applications ? PowerDVD, PowerDirector, PhotoDirector, alongside utility software Power2Go and MediaEspresso for disc burning and media conversion.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Britain's High Court ruled that copying CDs and DVDs you've bought to put onto your MP3 player, your computer or other devices is illegal, essentially overturning a law introduced last year that allowed you to transfer music into your home library.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Roxio today introduced two new additions to its Roxio Toast product family -- Roxio Toast 14 Titanium and Roxio Toast 14 Pro.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Redbox will soon expand its game catalog for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 through its rental kiosks across the US.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Taiyo Yuden has officially announced plans to withdraw from the CD, DVD and Blu-ray disc manufacturing business, as the optical storage market continues to shrink.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Sony has acquired California-based startup Optical Archive Inc. (OAI), a company that specializes in optical storage systems for the data center market, as the Japanes ecompany is trying to put 'cold storage' data on optical discs.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has completed the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification and released the new logo that will delineate Ultra HD Blu-ray products.
Friday, May 08, 2015
European Union requlators may impose fines to makers of CD and DVD optical drives, as a result of a three-year-old price-fixing complaint.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Japanese Memory-Tech is promoting the "Ultimate High Quality CD" (UHQCD) technology for the manufacturing of audio CDs, pushing the limits of the optical disc format.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Pioneer's has just announced the BDR-XS06JL, a slot-loading BDXl burner designed for both Macs and PCs.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Revenues from digital music services match those from physical format sales for the first time, according to IFPI’s Digital Music Report.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Nero is now offering a new Volume Licensing model for core Nero products, offering businesses an easier way to roll out the SecurDisc 3.0 data protection technique corporate-wide.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Roxio has recently introduced Roxio Secure Burn Enterprise, a data burning solution that enables corporations and government customers to monitor, control and protect confidential information saved to storage discs and devices.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A federal court in New York has ruled in favor of AACS LA and has issued an injunction granting the seizure of several domain names belonging to the Chinese-based DVD ripping company DVDFab.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Panasonic showcased the data archiver and data center battery backup unit that utilizes 18650-size cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells at the OCP U.S. Summit 2015, held on March 10 - 11, 2015, in San Jose, California.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
A new standard of recordable media designed to meet the archiving solutions of any industry are currently available by DIGISTOR.
Monday, March 02, 2015
Vulnerabilities found in hardware and software for playing Blu-ray discs might be used to for secret snooping, according to a security researcher.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
The recently formed worldwide strategic alliance for co-branding and joint development of archival optical media, between Millenniata (MDISC) and Mitsubishi Kagaku Media (MKM), has achieved its first milestone.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Verbatim and Millenniata have entered a global M-Disc agreement jointly develop, promote and sell Millenniata's highly-durable DVD and Blu-ray discs, including 200GB BD-DSDs.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Nero is launching a new version of its video edition software. Nero Video Premium 2 is a solution for organizing photos and videos, editing and creating movies and slideshows, burning DVDs and Blu-ray discs, as well as for playing back and streaming videos, photos and music files on PC, smartphones, tablets and TVs.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Pioneer remains committed to the optical disc drive technology and has just announced the release of the BDR-S09J-X BD burner, a drive designed to offer reliable audio CD playback and of course disc burning features.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
DIGISTOR unveiled this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2015 new USB 3.0 drives which would make it the fourth version of the DIGISTOR drive.
Victor Matsuda, chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Association’s (BDA) global promotions group, confirmed at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that new of the new Blu-ray disc format will be ULTRA HD BLU-RAY and not 4K Blu-ray.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
CyberLink today announced support for the latest standard in Digital Rights Management - SeeQVault, offering users new options for viewing DRM-protected High Definition and 4K Ultra HD TV recordings on PCs.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Slysoft has just released CloneBD, a software that lets you copy your unprotected Blu-ray discs to all known disc formats such as ISO or BD, and all kind of devices like smart phones and tablets.
Monday, December 08, 2014
German software developer Ashampoo has just released the Ashampoo Burning Studio 15, an all-in-one multimedia suite to burn data, music, videos and photos.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Pioneer will release later this month in Japan the BDR-XU03JM, a portable USB 3.0 BD drive BDXL that it just 1.2 cm thick and comes bundled with software compatible with Apple's computers and iPhones.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Musicians' Union (MU), The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music have asked for a judicial review of a recent private copying exception law as it does not include a compensation to music-makers, sometimes known as a copyright levy.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Blu-ray discs can improve the performance of solar cells, according to a research from Northwestern University.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Roxio has released the Roxio Creator NXT 3 and Roxio Creator NXT Pro 3, the latest editions of its digital media suite.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Pioneer will release later this month in Japan the portable BDR-XD05J2 Blu-ray disc burner, which comes with an "Intelligent Eco Mode" to consume low power in standby mode.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Pioneer will release later this month in Japan the BDR-XU03J, a portable USB 3.0 BD drive BDXL that it just 1.2 cm thick.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Nero updated its legendary software suites with the release of Nero 2015 Classic and Nero 2015 Platinum digital, which make it easier to burn, rip, play, edit and share digital content, features new mobile apps along with enhancements to Nero’s flagship PC applications: Nero Burning ROM, Nero Video, Nero Recode, Nero Express, and Nero MediaHome.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Verbatim and its parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, will begin marketing and selling co-branded Verbatim and Millenniata's M-Disc DVDs and Blu-ray discs to consumers and enterprises in storage capacities from 4.7GB to up to 200GB;
Friday, September 05, 2014
Although there has been some progress in industries and infrastructure related to the streaming of 4K content, it seems that the Blu-ray disc will remain a feasible solution for the distribution of 4K premium content, and the Blu-ray Disc Association has almost finalized the 4K Blu-ray disc format specs.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Sharp and Pioneer have agreed today to dissolve their capital alliance, though the companies will keep their business alliance agreement related to the developments in the optical disk business and other fields.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
This September, Nero is launching Nero 2015, the new version of its popular multimedia suite.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has developed a new specification for the Blu-ray Disc format, which allows storing up to 200GB of data in double-sided Blu-ray discs placed into cartridges.
Friday, August 08, 2014
DVD continues its steady decline and Blu-ray's growth is not enough to offset falling sales, the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) has reported.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Kaleidescape has joined the One-Blue Blu-ray Disc (BD) product licensing program as a licensee.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Releases of new DVD burners are rare lately but Samsung keeps offering some new models, such as the new SE-218GN and SE-208GB optical disc drives, to Ultrabook users on-the-go.
Monday, July 07, 2014
The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), in cooperation with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and The Recording Academy agreed on the creation of a formal definition for High Resolution Audio, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
According to data released by the British Video Association, both DVD abd Blu-ray discs remain popular options for watching video entertainment in the country.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Kaleidescape and DVD Copy Control Association (DVD CCA) have reached a settlement agreement that will result in the end of long-standing litigation over Kaleidescape's use of the Content Scramble System (CSS).
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
It seems that CD-R/RW media remains an important part of the recordable optical storage industry, with overall dollar sales of $368 million in 2013, according to CD Tracker, Executive Summary Year End 2013, a report from Santa Clara Consulting Group.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Japanese Pioneer and Memory-Tech Corp. have jointly developed a high-capacity optical disc for data archiving with a capacity of 256 GB on a single side and with the use of double-sided disc technologies, its capacity can be expanded up to 512 GB.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
The DVD recordable technology registered sales (media, writers, recorders) of $2.6 billion in calendar-year 2013, down from $2.8 billion of revenue in 2012 according to a report from from Santa Clara Consulting Group.
Sunday, May 04, 2014
The Blu-ray optical disc format loses ground as a popular medium for the home entertainment industry under the "pressure" of video-on-demand and downloads, although it could be still used by professional for storage archiving.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Millenniata has started offering its new 25 GB Blu-ray M-Disc, priced at $5 per media if you buy three.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
In February the Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator (AACS LA) -- the industry consortium that licenses copy protection used on Blu-ray Discs -- won a legal judgment against Slysoft, the maker of programs including Any DVD HD.
Friday, March 28, 2014
The U.K Government is changing the copyright regulations in the country by adding some excetions, allowing users to create digital copies of copyrithed material they have purchased, for personal use.
The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) has recently provided details on the High-Resolution Audio format, which is offering quality surpassing that of CD (16bit/44.1kHz).
Nero is celebrating World Backup Day with two offers for their new Nero BackItUp suite for local and online backup.
Toshiba and Samsung will transfer their optical disc drive (ODD) business (TSST) to OPTIS Co., Ltd., a Korean maker of ODDs.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Gamers keep buying video game discs but online and mobile alternatives are gaining market share, according to a forecast from Strategy Analytics.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Ritek has made available in the U.S. its new dual-layer Blu-ray recordable discs for recording at speeds of 6x.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
While streaming and subscription appear to be the immediate destiny of the music business, the physical product side of the business - CD format - is decreasing at a much slower rate than anyone ever predicted.
Other World Computing (OWC) has upgraded the OWC Mercury Pro External Blu-ray Optical Drive to 16X BD-R write speeds, 128 GB BDXL compatibility, and high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sony and Panasonic have formulated "Archival Disc", a new standard for professional-use optical discs for long-term digital data storage.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
The majority of online U.S. adults obtain the video content they watch from traditional television programming. However, a significant number of viewers are still relying on other sources such as optical discs, a recent research shows.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Pioneer will release later this month in Japan the BDR-S09J-BK, a 16x Blu-ray disc burner optimized to be faster during reading, writing and accessing your discs.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Ashampoo has just released the Slideshow Studio HD 3, an updated software package that allows you to easily create photo stories and comes with many new features.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Nero has made available an update package for Nero 2014 that adds video conversion tailored new consoles, smartphones, and tablets as well as many other improvements and fixes.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
CyberLink's PowerDirector 12 video editing software now allows users to create and produce Ultra-HD 4K content, through its support of the XAVC S format.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Pioneer has just made available in Japan the portable USB 3.0 BDR-XD05J and the SATA BDR-209JBK BDXL burners.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Folded Space, a division of Panamorph, ahas made availabile DCE encoding/decoding algorithms to deliver deep color movie content for new displays capable of showing the rich colors available from original film elements and images captured by new high dynamic range digital cameras.
Monday, January 20, 2014
BluFocus Inc., a testing and certification company for the entertainment industry, has entered into an agreement with Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) LLC, to act as the administrator for the UltraViolet Compliance Verification Program (CVP).

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