Sony DADC began Blu-ray disc production in the U.S. last week and is currently able to produce 750,000 single layer discs a month.

In a story from Video Business, Sony now has "three Blu-ray replication lines in the U.S. with the ability to make 25,000 single-layer 25GB Blu-ray discs a day."

The new format is expected to be available at the end of June. Sony DADC "is expected to handle production for all Blu-ray studios."

The goal for the company is "to add manufacturing lines and increase capacity to nearly 5 million discs a month by October." When that happens Sony DADC will "be able to make dual-layer 50GB discs on six lines."

Currently, nobody really knows "when the studios will have a title on a 50GB disc ready for market." Studios supporting Blu-ray "have been awaiting the 50GB discs" because their "larger capacity will allow for more high-definition bonus features."

Evan Jacobs