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noble
01-07-2008, 09:02 PM
I guess that's that then for HDDVD.

Paramount in HD DVD blow
By Matthew Garrahan and Mariko Sanchanta in Las Vegas

Published: January 8 2008 02:49 | Last updated: January 8 2008 02:49

Paramount is poised to drop its support of HD DVD after Warner Brothersí recent backing of Sonyís Blu-ray technology, in a move that will sound the death knell of HD DVD and bring the home entertainment format war to a definitive end.

Paramount and DreamWorks Animation, which makes the Shrek films, came out in support of HD DVD last summer, joining General Electricís Universal Studios as the main backers of the Toshiba format.

Jason California
01-07-2008, 09:03 PM
*plays taps*

Now I guess I should buy a PS3.

Jonny Z
01-07-2008, 09:10 PM
fuck me in the ass with a jagged dildo.

Taxman
01-07-2008, 09:11 PM
I guess Gates isn't having such a great show.

MAZEhimself
01-07-2008, 09:19 PM
Finally some closure (somewhat) on this! Now I know what to get down the line. This has been nuts!

Frozen Sooner
01-07-2008, 09:21 PM
Paramount has reiterated their support for HD DVD today.

Of course, they also said that they are not announcing any new titles at CES (generally a new title bonanza) and Warner was saying the same right before dropping HD DVD.

Kirblar
01-07-2008, 09:56 PM
This definitely makes my future PS3 purchase a good call. In 2009.

Bill!
01-07-2008, 09:56 PM
It was only a matter of time. I don't know how anyone could think HD DVD would ever win out. It's not supported by mainstream hardware and its not as flashy and not nearly as capable capacity wise.

Tim Simmons
01-07-2008, 10:08 PM
Not so quick!

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601101&sid=aQMGgh2LV_bU&refer=japan
Paramount Denies Report It Will Drop Toshiba's HD DVD (Update2)

By Andy Fixmer and John Liu

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures denied a newspaper report that the studio is poised to follow Time Warner Inc. in abandoning Toshiba Corp.'s HD DVD technology.

``Paramount's current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format,'' Brenda Ciccone, a spokeswoman for Paramount, said in an e-mail today.

Toshiba, the leading promoter of the HD DVD format for high- definition video discs, fell in Tokyo trading after the Financial Times reported Paramount is poised to adopt Sony Corp.'s Blu-ray format instead.

Paramount can defect because a clause in its contract with the HD DVD camp allows the studio to switch to Blu-ray if Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. dropped its support of Toshiba's standard, the newspaper reported today, citing unidentified people familiar with the plan. Warner Bros. said on Jan. 4 it would drop its support of HD DVD.

Keisuke Ohmori, a spokesman for Tokyo-based Toshiba, said the report is speculative. Masayo Endo, a spokeswoman for Sony, declined to comment on the report.

Toshiba's shares fell 0.1 percent to close at 782 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange after dropping as much as 1.3 percent. Sony's stock rose 3.4
percent.


Granted, it really is over-- Blu Ray won. These are just the death knells.

BGPu
01-08-2008, 06:35 AM
The Financial Times story didn't confirm anything. It basically just said what everyone knows, that Paramount is looking to get out of their deal and go back to BluRay.

They denied the story, but give them time.

Akira
01-08-2008, 06:39 AM
The Financial Times story didn't confirm anything. It basically just said what everyone knows, that Paramount is looking to get out of their deal and go back to BluRay.

They denied the story, but give them time.

Yeah. They'll support HD-DVD through at least Spring, but I would say that this summer's big tentpole blockbusters from the mountin are all gonna end up hitting Blu-Ray only this fall-winter.

BGPu
01-08-2008, 07:17 AM
Toshiba probably wants everyone who's still on board with them to reiterate their "we've been declared dead before" line. Especially a studio that went exclusive with them to much fanfare a little over 4 months ago.

Still I'd expect that both Paramount & Universal are quickly making their Blu plans behind the scenes. Weinstein too, if they ever release anything, that is...