HD DVD drives also expected.

Recordable high definition DVDs will hit the market next spring thanks to new technology unveiled by Toshiba today (June 8). HD DVD recorders and PCs with built-in HD DVD drives supporting the Toshiba-led HD DVD format are also expected to debut in about a year.

The new HD recordable discs can be manufactured on current DVD-Recordable production lines with only minimal modifications, according to Toshiba.

Toshiba's HD DVD camp had been in talks with the Sony-led Blu-ray consortium to release one HD DVD format into the marketplace, but those discussions are said to have stalled.

Regular HD DVD players and discs are expected by the end of the year. Blu-ray players and discs will be released in early 2006.

Blu-ray recordable technology is currently in development, and players are expected in 2006 or 2007.