According to the Financial times, Paramount/Dreamworks has an out clause in their exclusivity contract with HD DVD. FT states that Paramount is looking to use that clause to move over the better looking pastures of Blu-ray.
Earlier this week Newline confirmed to Variety magazine that they would go Blu-ray exclusive as well. If this all comes to fruition, it would leave Universal as the lone soldier on the HD DVD side of the format war… most certainly leading to the formats demise. We here at UpcomingDiscs.com will continue covering both formats as long as they are supported. More news on this as it comes out.
Amendment: MCV is now reporting that the Paramount flip to Blu-ray is fictitious… Stating that Paramount spokesperson Brenda Ciccone told the news agency that “Paramount’s current plan is to continue to support the HD-DVD format”. Toshiba added that the reports are nothing more than speculative.
We will have to wait and see how this all plays out… we will keep you posted.
01/08/2008 @ 11:37 pm
I can tell you that I have a good contact at Paramount.
The real pressure is from the retailers to get the format war over.
He assures me that Paramount at the very least will support both but the likely outcome is Blu.
This report is not fiction… I guarantee it!