View Full Version : HD-DVD Winning the European Race

11th April 2007, 15:48
The Sony backed Blu-ray format has been dealt a blow by the news that a number of independent European studios have decided to release films primarily on Toshiba’s HD-DVD format.

Image Despite trailing Blu-ray sales in Northern America, a Financial Times report claims that HD-DVD appears to be winning the next generation format war in Europe, where 35 films from independent studios such as Studio Canal, Pathe and Filmax have been released on HD-DVD, opposed to just 10 released on Blu-ray.

While admitting that there is a long way to go before a clear victor emerges, Rodolphe Buet, Studio Canal's chief marketing officer, states that the marketing strategies employed by HD-DVD backers were far superior to those of Blu-ray manufacturers.

"I have met much more commitment from partners involved with HD-DVD than Blu-Ray. I met Sony in mid-2006 but the support was far below what was offered by the HD-DVD partners.”

However, “I am totally agnostic," he continues. "All the work we are doing on High Definition will be useful for making Blu-Ray discs if the Blu-Ray standard wins. It will be easy to change position."

news: courtesy of next-gen.biz (http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5168&Itemid=2)

11th April 2007, 17:33
Good news IMO, I watch a lot of movies from independent European studios like Studio Canal + and as I'm not a big fan of Sony I prefer HD DVD over Blu-Ray.