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Is HD-DVD fighting a lost battle?

Financial Times (via Empire (opens in new tab)) writes that Paramount is on the verge of becoming a Blu-ray supporter which would leave Universal as the only major studio backing HD-DVD exclusively.

The business newspaper points to an opt-out clause that allows Paramount to change sides if ever Warner Bros withdrew their support for HD-DVD, which they did.

Toshiba has been the main HD-DVD backer with Microsoft also weighing heavily on that side while the rest of the HD world, including Sony, supports Blu-ray.

"Paramount's current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format,'' Brenda Ciccone, a Paramount spokeswoman told financial website Bloomberg while Toshiba also dismissed the report as "speculative".

Blu-ray has a higher storage capacity compared to HD-DVD but the latter is generally cheaper to manufacture as it shares the same surface layer thickness of existing DVD.

But (opens in new tab) there's also a substantial number of consumers who are waiting for that battle to be won by either camp in order to purchase HD content.

Last year alone, more than 250 million DVDs were sold in the UK and there's no sign of this slowing down.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.