Sony Stopping Blu-Ray Production Is a Mistake

Last week, Sony announced that it was ending its recordable Blu-ray disc business. While that’s not devastating news for fans of physical media, it’s certainly disappointing.

The first hint that Sony’s recordable discs were dying was a rumor about layoffs at the company’s optical media factory that recently circulated the web. That rumor was finally confirmed last week by Japanese outlet AV Watch. Tom’s Hardware picked up the news last week and translated it into English, leading to a minor panic over the impact this might have on the collecting habits of Blu-ray fans.

While the exact date and time when the discs in question will no longer be available is unknown, what is known is that their days are numbered.

Fortunately, Sony has no plans to scrap studio Blu-ray releases at this time. Those discs will remain available for the foreseeable future. “We will continue to sell B2B products by creating them in advance, and for consumer products we will determine a specific end date in the future through conversations with distribution partners such as mass retailers, but we will continue to sell them for the time being,” the company told AV Watch.

That said, Sony is still screwing up by getting out of the recordable disc business. You now have one less option for archiving that show or movie you want to watch. There’s been a wave of renewed interest in physical media as streaming explodes in a million directions and users realize they don’t really own their digital purchases. The ability to make copies of your library is essential for preservation. And honestly, Blu-Ray is just a great storage format.

Gizmodo has reached out to Sony for more information on the decision to phase out recordable discs. This article will be updated once they hear back.

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