Universal no longer HD DVD exclusive

Written by Joe Martin

January 11, 2008 | 11:40

Tags: #film #format #hd-dvd #ipc #movie #studio #universal #warner

Companies: #blu-ray

It looks as though the Format Wars, as they have become rather melodramatically known, may finally be coming to an end. It's time for those of us who hadn't previously chosen a side to go stand with the winning team and pretend like we knew it all along.

While Warner Bros. and New Line have already made the move to the Blu-Ray camp and Paramount is rumoured to be making the move, Variety is reporting that Universal too is now no longer HD DVD exclusive.

True, that doesn't have to mean that Universal is actually abandoning HD DVD, but it does look like the studio is at least hedging its bets in regard to future formats. If all the other studios suddenly go Blu-Ray then Universal will be able to make the switch a lot quicker now.

HD DVD may yet make a comeback, or so the fanboys are telling themselves, but at the moment it definitely looks as though Blu-Ray will come out the victor in all this. Sony probably couldn't be happier.

Which do you think is the superior format and why? Are you worried your new HD DVD player is now a casualty in this war? Drop your thoughts into the forums and let us know what you think about the whole thing.

Update: Universal has since released a statement re-affirming support for HD DVD. The denial doesn't seem to comment on whether it will be exclusive HD DVD support once more or not however, but you can read the statement here and make up your own minds. Thanks to both Tomm and Spazmochad who sent this statement in.
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