EU investigating HD-DVD and Blu-Ray

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In yet another twist in the Blu-Ray / HD-DVD war the EU has now sent of a bunch of legal letters to all  the studios requesting information and copies of all their correspondence in choosing Blu-Ray over HD-DVD.

It seems that the HD-DVD camp has complained to the EU over illegal business practices and the EU has taken notice.

We have all seen how the EU loves to hand out fines to dominant companies like Microsoft and are generally seen as sticklers for the rules. Could they force the Blu-Ray exclusive studios to launch on HD-DVD as well?

I doubt the studios will put up much of a fight as they don’t care either way who wins in the end as long as we buy their movies.

If all the studios began distributing the movies on both formats could that turn the tide in HD-DVD’s favour? Being cheaper and having all the movies plus downloadable content…. All the Blu-Ray would be left with is a greater storage size. However the triple layer HD-DVD’s are rumoured so you can fit 52 gigs on a HD-DVD and only 50 on a Blu-Ray…. so what does Blu-Ray have now?

It all depends on which side of the fence you are sitting I guess… Me I’m enjoying the fence itself at the moment. I’ll choose a side when I see a clear winner.

Source: Europe Steps Up Probe of New DVD Formats – WSJ.com

Last Updated: July 3, 2007

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • obvious fanboy…

    there are currently prototype eight layer 200gb blu-ray discs in testing since last year… so what does HD-DVD have now?

    with the recent announcement from blockbusters video, the gap will only widen. and the fact that the three biggest box-office winners last year were Sony, Disney, and Fox (which are blu-ray exclusive studios). it just seems silly to have 2 major new high definition players around so i doubt anything will come from this…

    sorry im very biased but i just have to keep at this to justify my ps3 purchase!!!

  • Ruslan

    The cost of a 50GB BR disc is already higher than that of a HD-DVD, how much do you expect a 200GB BR to cost? Not affordable to the movie corporations as they rely on sales to people who would distinctly expect higher quality from a 4x priced movie.

    Thus far a lesser priced media has higher quality than a higher capacity media. Just kinda shows how quality overrides quantity. I am just waiting for HD-DVD to be available in SA, then if sales & prices are better than BR I will say goodbye to my PS3 BR testing phase.

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