Sony Europe's Recording Media and Energy (RME) division today announced that its first Blu-ray Disc media will ship in Europe this month.

Single-layer BD-RE (Blu-ray Disc Rewritable) media will be available from mid March and single-layer write-once BD-R (Blu-ray Disc Recordable) media will be available from April. Sony will launch dual-layer discs later this year.

The single-layer BD-R and BD-RE discs offer a storage capacity of 25GB.

The new-generation media support 2X speed which equates to a data transfer rate of 72Mbps (9MBps), making the discs suitable for video recording as well as data storage and file backup.

"Sony is strongly positioned to offer customers an all-embracing, high-definition experience as a result of pioneering activity in the High Definition world. Our range of integrated High Definition equipment, including camcorders, PCs, televisions and projectors, already covers everything from source to output, " said Fritz Handtke, marketing and operations director, Sony RME.

Sony is on the Board of Directors3 of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) comprising of more than 170 member companies from the consumer electronics, information technology, media and software industries, as of February 2006.