Pioneer has officially announced the availability of the first BR burner for the end on January. It will “only” cost 995$US; just to remind you it was the price of a DVD burner 5 years ago. Mid-2006 Philips should release its first BDR/DVDR/CDR burner.
Panasonic has also announced the price of the first BR media: a BD-R 25GB will cost 17.99$ whereas a BD-R with a double storage capacity (50GB) will cost 42,99$. BD-RW media will also be available and should cost 24,99$ and 59,99$ respectively for the 25 and 50GB models.
Sony has announced the first BD standalone player for this summer.