Don't think that Sony is sitting on it's hands during the format war...

In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, the company will be bringing out "four models of new Blu-ray high-definition optical disc recorders in November in Japan."

Apparently these units will be "capable of storing up to 16 hours of high-definition programs on a dual-layer, 50-GB Blu-ray disc, will go on sale on Nov. 8."

Previous versions of Blu-ray Disc recorders "were unable to record on a dual-layer disc."

The best system "comes with a 500-GB hard disk drive, is expected to sell for about 200,000 yen" which translates to about $1,752 in American dollars.

"With high-definition TVs spreading rapidly and more digital cameras and camcorders are becoming HD-ready, time is ripe for household recorders to move onto a next generation," stated Katsumi Ihara, Sony Executive Deputy President.

"We intend to make all our recorders in the domestic market Blu-ray compatible," he offered.

This new players will still play Standard DVDs and "Sony is considering offering Blu-ray recorders in Europe, but the launch timing has yet to be decided."

Evan Jacobs at Movieweb
Evan Jacobs