Panasonic is getting into the Blu-ray game.

In a story from Variety, Matsushita will bring out "the first Blu-ray recorders" in Japan on Nov. 15. Users will be able to use pre-recorded Blu-ray discs, as well as record high-def images from TV and copying them to discs.

At launch there will be two different models:

- "the 500 GB hard-drive recorder will be able to store 63 hours of content and costs $2,564"

- "the 200 GB drive model costs $2,051"

At first, the company is only planning on manufacturing "3,000 units a month for each model."

Matsushita is still working out when it plans to sell this unit overseas.

Sony plans to start "selling its own Blu-ray recorder by the end of the year."

Evan Jacobs