Philips goes for its first Blu-Ray drive

Philips has launched its own next-gen disc drive to help you, as Bob Dylan might suggest, get tangled up in Blu: the Triplewriter.The SPD7000 is the t

Philips has launched its own next-gen disc drive to help you, as Bob Dylan might suggest, get tangled up in Blu: the Triplewriter.

The SPD7000 is the third drive of its type that we’ve seen, following Samsung’s SH-B022 and Pioneer’s BDR-101A.

Like Sony’s towering Blu-Ray desktop, the Triplewriter will let you burn to both single and dual layer discs, the latter of which will give you a frankly scary 50GB storage for your four hour high-def flick.

The all-in-one PC drive also supports the playback and burning of CDs and DVDs, if you’re feeling a little old school.

Philips has also kindly produced some blank discs for the drive – 25GB and 50GB versions of the BD-R and BD-RE formats, which have apparently have a protective layer to stop you scratching away all your hard work.

The Triplewriter is due to go on sale in August for £550, exactly the same price of Pioneer’s drive. Pioneer has, though, just announced that the launch of its full-blown DVD players in the US will now be delayed until the autumn due to technical issues.