Universal Studios is preparing to make good on a promise made aeons ago and finally launch its line of Blu-Ray/DVD hybrids known as ‘Flipper discs.’
The technology allows a single disc to offer a 50GB Blu-Ray version of a film on one side, and a 9GB DVD version on the other. It’s a plan by Universal (and most likely the rest of the Blu-Ray Consortium) to increase the adoption of Blu-Ray HD films by giving consumers the option to future-proof their content.
One of the key components in Sony’s PlayStation 3 is its Blu-Ray drive, offering gamers a chance to experience high definition movies. If the Flipper discs prove to be a popular format, it could help cement the PS3 as the home entertainment console of choice.
The first dual-format Flipper discs are due to go on sale on 19th January 2010 in the US, with the very first product being the Jason Bourne trilogy, a box set containing The Bourne Identity
, The Bourne Supremacy
and The Bourne Ultimatum
. No pricing has yet been announced.Source: Digital Trends