Bertelsmann-owned disc replicator Sonopress has been named a contributing member of the Blu-ray Disc Assn. The BDA is responsible for establishing format standards as well as development and promotion

Bertelsmann-owned disc replicator Sonopress has been named a contributing member of the Blu-ray Disc Assn. The BDA is responsible for establishing format standards as well as development and promotion of business opportunities for Blu-ray Disc, a successor format to standard-definition DVD.

Sonopress will participate in key BDA activities with other group members, which include Sony, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, LG Electronics, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, TDK and Thomson. Sonopress representatives will attend organizational meetings and participate in technical expert groups, regional promotion team events and compliance committee activities.

"It is critical to our business goals that we continue to participate in discussions around cutting-edge formats, and ensure that we are well prepared to meet both the current and future needs of our customers," Peter Schaper, Sonopress VP of technology and development, says in a statement.

Blu-ray can hold up to 25 GB of data or high-definition video on a single-layer disc and up to 50 GB on a dual-layer disc. Standard-definition DVD holds up to 4.7 or 8.5 GB on single- or dual-layer discs, respectively.

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