So long Blu-ray, the short lived successor to DVD? Perhaps. The companies Sony and Panasonic have announced plans
to make the next generation of video discs.
The Blu-ray Disc
is an optical disc storage medium. It was designed to supersede the DVD format. The plastic disc is 120 mm in diameter and 1.2 mm thick.
The aim, Geek.com
notes, is to create discs, along with a new generation of players, to be capable of showing 4K ultra-high-definition movies (which offer four times the resolution of 1080p video). Currently dual-layer Blu-rays can only hold up to 50GB of data.
According to Venture Beat
, the new discs are currently referred to as "optical discs". A disc with with at least 300 gigabytes of storage is expected by the end of 2015.
Weighing up whether there is a need for discs in the age of media streaming, Russ Crupnick, a media analyst at consultants NPD told the BBC
: "For the foreseeable future, even with more advances in streaming, there will be a niche for discs."