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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about blu-ray disc media?  Allow the experts at Maxell to help answer your questions about blu-ray discs.  Also, don't forget to browse through our most frequently asked questions (FAQs) for answers on other topics. If you have a question that you would like to have answered, please email it to

  • What is a blu-ray disc?
Blu-ray discs, also know as BD, is a new form of technology that utilizes a blue-violet laser to read and write data. This is very different from the current industry standard, which uses a red laser to read and write data onto CD and DVD discs.  Blu-ray discs support high definition video and is backed by the Blu-ray Disc Association along with leading manufacturers such as Sony, Panasonic, Samsung,  HP as well as Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, and more.

Blu-ray discs can be used to burn movies, music, data, and more. These discs are capable of storing up to 5 times the amount of information as a single DVD.  They come in two formats, single layer or double layer discs. A single layer blu-ray disc has the capability of holding up to 25GB of data while the double layer can hold up to 50GB. A 50GB blu-ray discs can hold over 9 hours of HD video or 50 hours of standard video.  Blu-ray discs can be recordable (write once only)  or rewriteable.   

  • Are there different formats for blu-ray discs?
Currently there are three different formats for blu-ray discs.

discs are read-only (used for HD movies, music, software, games, etc)
BD-R discs are recordable, write-once (used for video recording and PC data storage)
BD-RE are rewritable blu-ray discs (used for video recording and PC data storage)

  • Is Blu-ray the same thing as HD DVD?
No. Blu-ray discs and HD DVD are different types of optical disc media. Although, both rely on blue laser technology, the format for blu-ray discs and HD DVD is different. This means that blu-ray discs will not play on an HD DVD player and vice versa.  HD DVD was developed by Tobisha and NEC and is backed by Microsoft, Intel, Paramount, Universal, and more.  HD DVDs can either be single sided (15GB capacity) or double sided (30GB capacity). 

Before leaving, don't forget to check out RM&E's selection of blu-ray discs.   
Sony Blu-ray BNR-25AHE Lacie Blu-ray Drive Sony Blu-ray BNR-50AHE
Sony Blu-ray Disc
25GB Recordable
Lacie d2 Blu-ray Drive
Sony Blu-ray Disc
50GB Recordable