Blu-ray Wes Novack on 10 May 2007

Univeral Studios Blu-ray rumor is false

Univeral Studios Blu-ray rumor is false
Yesterday, we wrote about a report from German news source Heise online, which stated that Universal Studios had broken the HD DVD exclusivity agreement, leaving room for them to start producing their movies on the rival format, Blu-ray. Now Engadget is reporting that the president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment has contacted them and stated that the rumors are “totally false”. Heise online also has a followup piece on this fiasco, which contains the following excerpt (translated via Google Language Tools).

UniversalStudios“In a statement opposite it communicated heise on-line that this rumor was “completely wrong” and universal will not change the sides, in order to support in the future the competition format Blu ray Disc.”

Well, it looks like I won’t be running out to buy a Blu-ray player after all, as there is still hope for HD DVD. But still, with only one major studio staying exclusive to HD DVD and Blu-ray title sales outpacing HD DVD title sales, things are not looking so good for the HD DVD camp. If they want to stay in this war, we are going to have to see some drastic action from them in the near future, especially this holiday season. This news found via CDRLabs.

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