Panasonic and Sony Developing Next-Gen 1TB Archival Disc Standard Michael Kwan March 10, 2014 When I was over in Victoria for GottaCon 2014 a couple of weekends ago, I was a part of an expert panel where one of the topics was on the future of content delivery. During that conversation, I said that while streaming media continues to rise in popularity, our media demands will continue to push just a touch beyond our normal high-speed Internet access speeds and that’s why physical media won’t die any time soon. And it looks like I’m right. Yes, it is possible to stream very high resolution and high quality video over the Internet, but Sony and Panasonic are already working on the successor to the Blu-ray Disc standard and the new discs will be pushing up to one terabyte in capacity. What this means is that having 4K video on a single disc in the context of the home could become a very viable reality in the very near future. The new format is being called Archival Disc, which you can quite plainly see above, and the first systems supporting the AD standard by Sony and Panasonic could be ready as early as next summer. The first generation will only get up to 300GB, but when you compare that to the 50GB capacity of current-generation dual-layer Blu-ray Discs, that’s still quite the leap. From there, successive generations will see discs in the 500GB and 1TB capacity levels. We already have plenty of hard drives with one terabyte capacities, as well as 1TB USB flash drives, but the cost of those media is far higher than what the new Archival Disc optical disc media could promise. It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out, considering there are still plenty of folks who buy their movies on DVD. Via BGR Share This With The World!