* P 2/2 *
Meanwhile I was looking at burnable BDXL RWs for my own use (I own two BDXL drives) and the reviews of even ones from Sony are very middling. A common issue was high failure rates.
The BDXL is NOT a standard for a goldmaster disk type.
It's just a standard for capacity / layers / technological aspects.
It's different from BD 100 in some ways and that's why it has a separate denotifier.
The brand by itself really means NOTHING. Doesn't matter if it's Sony, TDK or others. Most of companies which have optical media in their portfolio do not (partially or entirely) manufacture them themselves.
Both TDK and Sony (among others) outsource production to MANY different companies (examples being: Maxell, CMC, Ritek) and the corresponding batches vary A LOT in quality.
If you care about REAL quality you need to get Japanese MANUFACTURED discs. They ARE *REALLY* high quality.
( obviously, it's a kindergarten level advice to avoid LTH type discs AT ALL COST, you SHOULD ALREADY KNOW IT, but if you don't, then here you have it )
Just beware tho:
1.Some of Japanese companies producing those shifted manufacturing to off shore companies (like in Taiwan). You need to AVOID THESE AT ALL COST (specificly these batches, NOT the companies). Example being Verbatim / CMC (it REALLY pissed me off when they did that and I'm pretty sure A LOT of enterprise consumers in Japan got pissed too) moved "out of Japan" with production some time ago.
You need to look SPECIFICLY for ones with 100% certainty of being PRODUCED in JAPAN.
So even after obtainment you need to test the obtained batch for exact manufacteur debug data and autenticity (there may be NO visual difference between Taiwan and Japan based batch but the debug data WILL differ).
2.The BDXL has quite a markup of price compared to BD 100. ESPECIALLY the RW type. Unless you specificly need 128 GiB UNFORMATTED capacity (after formatting it would be probably around 119 GiB) OR you aim for very few technical differences between those then you generally probably should stay away from those.
Get BD 100. It's both cheaper (usually) and more easily available.
Also unless you need >90 GiB space you should generally go for like BD 50 GiB or BD 25 as they are STILL cheaper per GiB (at least in Europe).
It's been around 15 years since standard Blu-Ray debuted and from my experience they're just as affordable as DVDs ever were. If anything it's Ultra HD BD that is priced higher but I'm personally not that fussed since it's the best consumer distribution format for films we have currently (and there are sales where films can even be as low as $10, tell me that's not DVD-level pricing).
You know, world and film distribution resolves around NOT ONLY US.
Please at least TRY to see a bigger picture.
If in US BD and DVD film releases cost about the same, good for you.
But it DOESN'T look like that in the rest of the world.
In Europe it definitely isn't like that.
I can give you specific examples for Poland since I heavily researched this market for various reasons over the years.
Price of an average DVD release: 25 PLN (for one singular film of average length, may sometimes contain price premium for "popular blockbuster" or other reasons), sale low 5 PLN, sale median probably around 15 PLN.
Price of an average BD release: 50 PLN and up (can be for example 75 PLN), on sales you almost never find them for less than 20 PLN.
Prices for anime releases (if they even show up) are absolute abomination every single time.
Price for a film cinema ticket 20 - 30 PLN (sometimes more).
Price for a PC SATA DVD 5,25 drive - 55 - 70 PLN.
Price for PC SATA BD 5,25 drive - around 300 to 400 PLN (depends on model, and because of the virus prices have gone slightly up). Sales? You wish. I am yet to see one.
And people in that country don't have so high wages like in US.
Apple never supported Blu-Ray on their PCs
Insert "excuse me W T F" meme here.
PC is a marketing term for IBM Personal Computer and it's clones (it's commonly used to name Windows computers).
Just use word "computer" or be precise and say "mac" ( "totally not an overpriced locked-down-garden-type hardware for masochists" /s ).
Apple never supported Blu-Ray on their PCs. Windows never supported playback of Blu-Ray films natively.
Blame Apple and Microsoft.
World doesn't end on them. There is a TON of people using other systems.
And playing BD on Linux is no problem.
Also nobody (including Microsoft) is forcing you to use their (<< or Apple) crappy OS bundled software.
Samsung recently pulled out of manufacturing Blu-Ray players entirely
If you mean PC drives then that company never was any authority in that market. Samsung isn't Pioneer or Teac.
If you mean standalone TV connected players - yes - because more people have consoles nowadays and not much people are therefore not so interested in standalone players (because current gen consoles generally include BD drives).
But that really doesn't mean anything for the industry. It just means that that specific niche (SPECIFICLY standalone BD players) is just now MUCH smaller due to lowered demand (DUE TO CONSOLES CONTAINING RELATED DRIVES).
Hope you understand my points better now and you are now more educated ;)