Verbatim says it is on schedule to deliver what the disc maker calls the industry’s first Double-Layer DVD+R (DVD+R DL) discs.

The new 2.4x DataLifePlus media nearly doubles the storage capacity on DVD recordable discs from 4.7GB to 8.5GB on a single side, Verbatim says, while maintaining compatibility with existing DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives.

Verbatim says its target launch date is spring 2004, to coincide with DVD+R DL hardware introductions by DVD+RW Alliance members.

With the new DVD+R DL discs, consumers can store up to 4 hours of DVD-quality video or up to 16 hours of VHS video quality on a single disc. PC users can archive nearly 8.5GB of data.

The new media is fully compatible with the DVD+R DL standard endorsed by the DVD+RW Alliance and incorporates the Double-Layer DVD+R technology developed through the collaboration of Verbatim’s parent company, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media and Philips.