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by Mike Zazaian October 3, 2006 - 10:38am, 5 Comments

A commerical Blu-ray player from Sony

Manufacturers of upcoming Blu-Ray and HD-DVD recorders announced today that there are no plans to sell high-definition recording devices in the United States.

After Sony and Panasonic showcased upcoming Blu-Ray recorders at the CEATEC trade show outside Tokyo, both companies announced that they have no plans to release the products in the United States. Toshiba, after demonstrating its HD-DVD recording offering, made the same claim. According to the companies, American consumers aren’t as interested in DVD recording devices as are the Japanese. Keisuke Ohmori, group manager of the international media relations group at Toshiba, said of the matter:

In Japan, 80 to 90 percent of the demand for DVD players is for player/recorders. In the U.S.A. you record on TiVo.

Price may also be a prohibitive factor, with Panasonic’s BW 200 and BW 100 Blu-ray recorder models weighing in at about $2,500 and $2,200 in US dollars. Hi-def recorders have reached such premiums not only because the technology is new, but because, unlike non-recording players, devices that record high-definition video also require enormous hard drives. Toshiba’s new HD-DVD recorder, for instance, features a 1 terabyte hard drive, hiking the price of the unit it close to $3,400 US.

[via cnet]