Blu-ray Disc recordable

A blank rewritable Blu-ray Disc (BD-RE)

Blu-ray Disc Recordable (or BD-R) refers to two direct to disc optical disc recording technologies that can be recorded on to an optical disc with an optical disc recorder. BD-R discs can be written to once, whereas BD-RE (Blu-ray Disc Recordable Erasable) can be erased and re-recorded multiple times. Disc capacities are 25 GB for single-layer discs, 50 GB for double-layer discs,[1] 100 GB for triple-layer, and 128 GB for quadruple-layer (in BD-R only).[2]

The minimum speed at which a Blu-ray Disc can be written is 36 megabits (4.5 megabytes) per second.[3]


There are four versions of Blu-ray Disc Recordable Erasable (BD-RE) and three versions of Blu-ray Disc Recordable (BD-R). Each version includes three Parts (a.k.a. Books): Basic Format Specifications, File System Specifications, Audio Visual Basic Specifications. Each part has sub-versions (e.g. R2 Format Specification includes Part 3: Audio Visual Basic Specifications Ver.3.02, Part 2: File System Specifications Ver. 1.11, Part 1: Basic Format Specifications Ver. 1.3).[4][5][6][7]

BD-RE versions

Version 1.0—RE 1.0

Version 2.0—RE 2.0

Version 3.0—RE 3.0

Version 4.0—RE 4.0—(BDXL)

BD-R versions

Version 1.0—R 1.0

Version 2.0—R 2.0

Version 3.0—R 3.0 (BDXL)


Drive speed Data rate 25GB BD-R(E) write time 50GB BD-R(E) DL (25GB/layer) write time 100GB BR-R(E) XL TL (~33GB/layer) write time
[1]36 Mbit/s4.5 MB/s4.29 MiB/s~95 min.~190 min.~380 min.
72 Mbit/s9 MB/s8.58 MiB/s~47 min.~94 min.~188 min.
144 Mbit/s18 MB/s17.17 MiB/s~24 min.~48 min.~96 min.
216 Mbit/s27 MB/s25.75 MiB/s~16 min.~32 min.~64 min.
288 Mbit/s36 MB/s34.33 MiB/s~12 min.~24 min.~48 min.
10×360 Mbit/s45 MB/s42.92 MiB/s~10 min.~20 min.~40 min.
12×432 Mbit/s54 MB/s51.50 MiB/s~8 min.~16 min.~32 min.
14×504 Mbit/s63 MB/s60.08 MiB/s~7 min.~14 min.~28 min.
15×540 Mbit/s67.5 MB/s64.37 MiB/s~7 min~13 min.~26 min.
16×576 Mbit/s72 MB/s68.66 MiB/s~6 min.~12 min.~24 min.

Note: Add extra time for disc verification phase and time for erasing the disc in the case of BD-RE.


As of July 2013 (approximate pricing)

As of February 2014 (approximate pricing)

As of February 2014 (approximate pricing)

As of November 2016 (approximate pricing)

BD-R LTH (low to high)

BD-R LTH is a write-once Blu-ray Disc format that features an organic dye recording layer. "Low To High" refers to the reflectivity changing from low to high during the burning process, which is the opposite of normal. The advantage of BD-R LTH is it can protect a manufacturer's investment in DVD-R/CD-R manufacturing equipment. The manufacturer need only modify current equipment; it need not invest in new production lines. This is expected to lower the cost of disc manufacturing.[27]

Old Blu-ray players and recorders cannot utilize BD-R LTH; however, a firmware upgrade can enable devices to access BD-R LTH. Panasonic released such a firmware update in November 2007 for its DMR-BW200, DMR-BR100 and MR-BW900/BW800/BW700 models.[28] Pioneer was expected to ship the first LTH BD drives in Spring 2008.[29] Sony upgraded the PlayStation 3 firmware enabling BD-R LTH reading in March, 2008.[30]

In 2011, France's Ministry of Culture and Communication conducted a study on the suitability of data archival of LTH (low to high) discs compared to HTL (high to low) discs. The data they collected indicated that the overall quality of LTH discs is worse than HTL discs.[31][32]

See also


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  27. Pioneer and Mitsubishi Develop Low cost BD-R Discs Using Organic Recording Layers, CDR info.
  28. Firmware Adds Support for LTH BD-R Discs to Panasonic Recorders, CDR info.
  29. Taiyo Yuden, Mitsubishi and Maxell Release First LTH BD-R Discs, CDR info.
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