The Blu-ray Disc Association has launched two new standards designed to increase the capacity and capability of Blu-ray discs.

The new BDXL discs will have a write-once capacity of 100GB and 128GB, and re-writable discs will be capable of storing 100GB of information.

These discs will reach said capacities by having up to four recordable layers, improving both the quality and the quantity of information stored.

These BDXL discs will initially used for businesses for storing information, but the Blu-ray Disc Association says they will be used for consumers in 'areas where BD recorders have achieved broad consumer acceptance'.

Intra-galactic Blu-ray for me

An Intra-Hybrid Blu-ray Disc (IH-BD) has also been unveiled, with locked content at the heart of the disc and a separate re-writeable layer which can track user data.

The BDA says "this allows for consumer specific applications where combining published content with related user data on a convenient, single volume is desirable".

Sadly, these discs won't work on current Blu-ray players, meaning you'll have to fork out for a new Blu-ray player. But at least the new units will be backwards compatible, so your 'Speed Racer' Blu-ray won't be obsolete.

We're still waiting to find out whether the UK is deemed a location where Blu-ray recorders have reached 'broad consumer acceptance' and a release date, but you'll find out when we do.

From Business Wire via Pocket Lint