So, remember on Sunday when I posted about the news that the 51GB three-layer HD DVD spec may have been approved by the DVD Forum? Yeah, well, it looks like it wasn’t after all. A Toshiba spokesperson told BetaNews that only a preliminary version of the specification has been approved.
“We understand that the preliminary version (1.9) of the physical specifications for the triple-layer 51 GB HD DVD-ROM disc has been approved,” said Toshiba’s spokesperson today.
The spokesperson then added that it has not yet been determined whether current HD DVD players or recorders will be able to use the new format, which the headline of an official Toshiba statement given to BetaNews today is now calling “Trip-Layer.” “Toshiba will study the performance of current HD DVD player/recorders with the disc after the standard receives final approval by the DVD Forum.”
So the specification of the triple layer format has not been completed or approved, and we won’t be seeing 51GB discs soon.