High-Def DVD Format Wins Studios Support
Toshiba says four major Hollywood studios have signed on to release titles in the high-definition DVD format, a decision that should significantly impact HD DVD's next-generation battle with Sony's Blu-Ray format.Toshiba said Monday that four major Hollywood studios have signed on to release titles in the HD (high-definition) DVD format, a decision that should have a significant impact on the next-generation DVD Forum battle. Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Studios all released commitments to support the HD DVD format, Toshiba Ltd. executives announced Monday at a news conference in Tokyo. Universal said it would have "select" titles available in the format during the 2005 holiday season, while Paramount Home Entertainment said it plans to release titles from its home entertainment catalog, as well as new releases, in the HD DVD format beginning in 2006.
The studios and other content providers are seen as key influencers in the format wars, following the argument that consumers will choose to buy movies, not a particular format of optical disc.