No, it is not new. I have (somewhere around here) an OptoRite DD0201, that is at least three years old, that is based on the Sanyo firmware. Although I never felt the need to try to burn a HD disc, the option was there in the pull down speed selection menu (in Nero 6 anway, I don't remember if it was there in any Roxio product. I will have to pop it back in to see). The page linked to was there when I bought the recorder.