Universal dumps obsolete HD DVD, switches to Blu-ray

“Universal said today it will drop its support for HD DVD and instead produce its high-definition films on Blu-ray Disc,” Erica Ogg reports for CNET.

“‘The path for widespread adoption of the next-generation platform has finally become clear,’ said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms, in a statement,” Ogg reports.

“‘The emergence of a single, high-definition format is cause for consumers, as well as the entire entertainment industry, to celebrate. While Universal values the close partnership we have shared with Toshiba, it is time to turn our focus to releasing new and catalog titles on Blu-ray,’ he said,” Ogg reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Adam W” for the heads up.]

30 Comments

  1. Universal’s president for Home Entertainment and Digital Platforms claims that it has “finally become clear” that Blu-Ray is winner. The writing has been on the wall for weeks (they even recently put a fresh coat of paint on that wall, as the original started peeling already…!). To be so myopic and not to see this seriously questions the ability of this guy to make strategic decisions for a studio such as Universal.

    I guess it’s always fun for us, Apple fans, to see a business adversary keep making poor decisions one after another (UMG not renewing iTunes, NBC/U pulling out of iTunes, HD-DVD…). If the string of these is long enough, perhaps they’ll force them to finally crawl back to iTunes.

  2. If they had a conscience, they would offer to swap HD-DVD’s for Blu-Rays. A media conversion of say $5 to $10 per title, and a grace period of 12-18 months (over which the disks could be changed) would seem fair to me. That way people can save for a new player and know that not all of their financial content investment will become obsolete.

  3. If they had a conscience, they would offer to swap HD-DVD’s for Blu-Rays.

    A media conversion cost of say $5 to $10 per title, and a grace period of 12-18 months (over which the disks could be changed) would seem fair to me. That way people can save for a new player and know that not all of their financial content investment will become obsolete.

    BTW: who reserved my name??

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