Are There Blu-ray Disc Recorders?

JVC SR-HD1700US and SR-HD1350US Blu-ray Disc Recorders
JVC Americas Corp., division of JVCKenwood Corporation

Question: Are There Blu-ray Disc Recorders?

Answer: Blu-ray technology supports high definition video recording, and Blu-ray Disc recorders are marketed and sold in Japan, and other select markets, but there are no current plans (as recently as 2014 and into the foreseeable future) to market stand-alone Blu-ray Disc recorders in the U.S market for consumers.

The only exception in the U.S. market is a line "prosumer" Blu-ray Disc recorders introduced in 2009 and 2014 manufactured by JVC, followed by another one offered by Teac's professional division: TASCAM.

In addition, Sony introduced its DVDirect VBD-MA1 (which has since been discontinued). However, these units do not have onboard ATSC/QAM tuners, and do not have either high definition component (red, green, blue) or HDMI inputs for recording high definition content. For more details on the capabilities and limitations of the JVC units, check out my previous report as well as their official product pages that can be accessed by clicking on the model numbers listed below.

Some of the factors contributing to this state of affairs includes the increasing popularity from TIVO and Cable/Satellite DVRs in the U.S., along with the new conveniences, such as internet streaming, which may affect the competitive success of high definition disc-based recorders, such as Blu-ray. In addition, copy-protection concerns and potential piracy have the movie studios "paranoid" about mainstream consumers having the ability to record high definition video content.

This has resulted in increased use of copy-protection signals imbedded in cable/satellite, and even some broadcast TV programming that prevent recording to disc-based formats, such as DVD or Blu-ray.

However, if you desire high definition video recording on disc, with some limitations, you can buy Blu-ray Disc Writers to install in your PC or purchase a PC or Laptop with Blu-ray recording capability built-in.

Also, if you are a consumer residing in North America, and you are still interested in purchasing a professional or "prosumer" Blu-ray Disc recorder, knowing that Blu-ray Disc recorders available for the North American market do not have built-in HDTV tuners, HDMI, or Component Video inputs for recording high definition broadcast, cable, or satellite programming, listed below are your choices so far - Look over their official product pages carefully before committing to a final purchase decision:






Tascam BD-R2000

The two types of Blu-ray Recording formats are:

BD-R: A record-once only format disc, similar in concept as a DVD-R, DVD+R, or CD-R disc.

BD-RE: A re-writable format disc that can be erased, edited, and re-used multiple times, similar in concept to DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, or CD-RW disc.

Also, most, if not all, Blu-ray recorders released so far also record in one or more of the current standard DVD recording formats, such as DVD-R/-RW or DVD+R/+RW.

One important point to remember is that Blu-ray discs you make yourself can only be played on a Blu-ray Disc player or recorder.

Also keep in mind that even if you are recording on a Blu-ray Disc, if you are copying a VHS tape, the recording result will still look like VHS.

A Blu-ray Disc recorder will not magically make everything Blu-ray Disc quality. The same goes for copies of DVDs, the result will still look like DVD. Of course, in both cases the same copy-protection rules apply as they do for DVD recorders - you can only make copies of home recorded VHS tapes and DVDs - you cannot make copies of most commercial VHS tapes or DVD movies.

Information about further availability and capabilities of Blu-ray Disc recorders will be added to this page as it becomes available.